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The expansion of Yecla hospital services portfolio prevents displacement of breast cancer patients (20/10/2017)

The Minister of Health visited the mobile unit that will be installed in Yecla until November 23

The expansion of the portfolio of services in breast cancer surgery at the Virgen del Castillo Hospital in Yecla avoids displacement of patients who until now had to go to the Morales Meseguer hospital.

Since October 1, 2017, women residing in Yecla who participate in the breast cancer screening program and who require assistance from the clinical services are derived and cared for at the Hospital Virgen del Castillo.

In this way, the patients mentioned for the accomplishment of the mammography from the 11 of October are referred to this hospital.

The health minister, Manuel Villegas, accompanied by the mayor of Yecla, Marcos Ortuño, visited today the mobile unit of the program of prevention of breast cancer installed in this municipality until the 23 of November, that is developed in collaboration with the Spanish Association Against cancer.

Villegas explained that with the new service provided in the hospital "we are responding to the request of the Association of affected by cancer of Yecla, to which we committed to the mayor."

The implementation of this new health care "allows patients to be treated in this area in their own health area, with the consequent improvement in their quality of life" because "thanks to the implementation of specialized care in cancer of breast, the patients of the area of ​​health gain in quality assistance, proximity and comfort ", added the adviser.

Mobile unit in Yecla

About 2,500 women from the municipalities of Jumilla and Yecla will be able to perform mammograms in this mobile unit, which is offered, free of charge, to women between 50 and 69 years.

In addition to mammograms, the units also perform other imaging studies such as ultrasound and other mammographic projections to clarify the diagnosis of lesions with suspected malignancy.

From all these units are derived for a more exhaustive study to the Breast Units of each reference hospital, that now the neighbors of yecla and Jumilla can be performed in the Hospital Virgen del Castillo.

Prevention program

More than 100,000 women between the ages of 50 and 69 have been tested for breast cancer in the last two years in the Region, within the Breast Cancer Prevention Program carried out by the Ministry of Health.

One of the main objectives of the program is to facilitate the early detection of the disease in the age group with the highest risk, when it is still possible to apply less aggressive treatments, which results in a better quality of life for the affected women.

Breast cancer is the most common in women, and the leading cause of cancer mortality in a certain segment of the female population.

The Ministry of Health launched the Breast Cancer Prevention Program in 1994 for women aged 50-64 years and in 2002 extended service coverage to 69 years.

Source: CARM

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