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Oct 29, 2022 / 09:03

About 8,000 Vietnamese women to receive free breast cancer screening

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in almost all countries in Asia, with Vietnam alone reporting 21,500 new cases and 9,000 deaths in 2020.

About 8,000 free breast scans will be provided for Vietnamese women from now to the end of this year, with the support of GE Healthcare and its partner TD Medical collaborated with Vinmec Healthcare System.

 A Vinmex doctor checks the health of her patient on a GE ultrasound.

A community outreach program will offer scans at 26 on-site screening centers across Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Ha Long, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc.

The program aims to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide health campaign observed by many countries worldwide to increase awareness of the disease, including its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, which falls in October.

The centers, which are located within the vicinity of Vinhomes-managed properties and Vinschool-operated schools, will also offer educational workshops on the importance of early diagnosis and regular self-examinations.

Son Pham, Country General Manager for Vietnam, GE Healthcare, said GE is fully dedicated to supporting the Vietnamese government and its industry partners in achieving their healthcare objectives by improving the quality of precision medicine in the country.

“We expect to become a key player in the fight against breast cancer and enable better outcomes for healthcare professionals and patients,” said Son.

According to the World Health Organization, 2.3 million women worldwide were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, with 685,000 dying from the disease. Breast cancer is also the most common cancer among women in almost all countries within Asia, with Vietnam alone reporting 21,500 new cases and 9,000 deaths in the same year.