With an aim to share and discuss on the latest technologies and applications in breast cancer screening, Siemens cooperated with Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine to organize the symposium on Women’s Health which was held in Hanoi on September 26th, 2012. The invited lecturer was Dr. Angela Crisotomo, President of Diagnostic Breast Imaging Society of the Philippines. There were 100 professors, doctors working in the fields of radiology, oncology and gynecology throughout the country attending this event.
Breast cancer is said to be the most common cancer affecting women over the world including Vietnamese women. Big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh have the highest rate of breast cancer. According to the Association of Cancer in Ho Chi Minh City, every 30 out of 100,000 women in Hanoi are affected by this deadly disease while that ratio of Ho Chi Minh City is 20/100,000.
Luckily, the chance of survival from breast cancer is higher today than ever before. And the earlier the first tissue changes are detected and the more systematically they are treated, the higher the chance will get. Routine self examinations are strongly advised by gynecologists. In addition, screening examinations like mammography, ultrasound and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are important because breast cancer does not always show any critical symptoms during its preliminary and early stages.
At the workshop, invited speakers shared with local radiologists their knowledge and experiences on the latest technologies and outstanding clinical applications in breast cancer scanning. The scientific presentations were valuable in defining the role of Automated Breast Volume Scanning (ABVS) technology, Diagnostic Mammography and 3D Breast Tomosynthesis in detecting breast cancer earlier and more precise.
“Breast cancer is currently the most common cancer in Vietnam, however, local doctors did not pay enough attention to this fatal disease. Siemens and Vietnamese Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine have been a long- term partner in training and education activities and we highly appreciate the initiative of Siemens in the organization of this Women’s Health workshop. Through the workshop, local physicians will have a deeper understanding of the importance of early detection of breast cancer as well as update the world’s latest breast imaging technologies to provide early treatment methods, enabling to save more lives.” said Professor Hoang Duc Kiet, President of Vietnamese Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.