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IMH highlights new tech in breast cancer detection

Filed on October 24, 2020

Dubai Breast cancer is one of the most common type of cancer plaguing women. While early detection is the key in treating this disease, advancements in the medical field by leaps and bounds has made earlier detection possible.

Thanks to the leading-edge treatment and screening, breast cancer mortality rates have taken a dip in the past 50 years, according to Prof Medhat Faris, medical oncologist at International Modern Hospital (IMH).

The individual risks for developing breast cancer can now be accurately detected by genetic testing earlier than ever through BRCA gene tests, which is a simple blood test that does not involve biopsy or invasive procedures.

For early detection, the main screening test is the mammogram, which detects lumps up to two years before the tumour is detected by the patient or doctor. The chances of contracting breast cancer increases with age, hence, it is recommended by doctors to get a mammogram done once a year for women over 40 years of age.

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