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Fujifilm India and Max Healthcare partner to train doctors in early detection of breast cancer

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Doctors will be trained in breast mammography, breast MR, breast ultrasound techniques for six months through Max-Fujifilm collaboration fellowship programme

Witnessing the scarcity of radiologists and limited experts in breast cancer diagnostics across Asia and in India, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket and Fujifilm India have come together to train doctors in advance diagnostics and spread awareness about early detection of breast cancer. Fujifilm will be sponsoring an advanced fellowship in breast imaging with Max Healthcare Hospital under the guidance of Dr Bharat Aggarwal, Director – Radiology Services, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket and Dr Harit Chaturvedi, Chairman, Max Institute of Cancer Care.

The doctors will be trained in breast mammography, breast MR and breast ultrasound techniques for six months through the Max-Fujifilm collaboration fellowship programme. The programme will train two selected radiologists in a year towards early detection of breast cancer.

Commenting on the association, Haruto Iwata, MD, Fujifilm India, said, “According to the Health Ministry of India, breast cancer ranks as the number one cancer among Indian females with rate as high as 25.8 per 100,000 women and mortality of 12.7 per 100,000 women. We at Fujifilm understand the importance of early detection and are committed at improving the survival rates with advance treatments. Our Amulet Innovality is one such product that has made early detection of breast cancer a reality for women all over the world.

“Our association with Max Super Speciality Hospital is a significant and collective step to fight against cancer. With the increasing prevalence of breast cancer in the female populace, it is imperative for healthcare providers to deliver the best and precise early detection screening facilities that can help save lives. We are making continuous attempts to create awareness among women on breast cancer and promoting campaigns like the Pink Ribbon to encourage the early discovery of breast cancer,” he added.

Commenting on the same, Dr Chaturvedi stated, “According to a recent WHO data, breast cancer impacts over 2.1 million women each year, and also leads to the highest number of cancer-related deaths among women. There are various factors that might increase the risk of breast cancer in women such as obesity, late or no children, lack of breast feeding, alcohol and smoking. Therefore, women not only need to be wary of the key symptoms of the disease such as breast lump, nipple discharge, skin changes over breast, pain in the breast etc, but also closely monitor their regular habits and lifestyle. The most effective tool to win the cancer war in general and breast cancer in particular is awareness and early detection. We recommend annual screening of healthy women above 40 years of age, besides being aware of the symptoms and acting on them. The deployment of this advanced technology in partnership with Fujifilm – Amulet Innovality with 50 micronresolution, would play a critical role in screening the healthy population and detecting cancer early and help clinicians deliver more tailored and effective treatment.”

Dr Aggarwal said, “A radiologic exam is an integral part of the diagnosis procedure in the oncology space as it uses radiation or other imaging procedures to find signs of cancer. With increasing occurrence of breast cancer in women, it is imperative to not only raise awareness on the subject, but also various modern technologies that have been introduced in the industry to ensure enhanced patient care. The primary goal for our collaboration with Fujifilm is to provide complete and innovative medical attention to breast cancer patients. The new cutting-edge Amulet Innovality with 50micronresolution will play a key role in our battle against breast cancer.”

Chander Shekhar Sibal, Executive Vice President and Head — Medical Division, Fujifilm India, said, “Early diagnosis has been the biggest draw of our machines and also the fact that they have been designed in a way to ensure that there is minimal pain and discomfort. As of now, we have more than 3,500 users of our digital mammography across the globe, among them 40 installations are in India. We at Fujifilm believe that such associations and exchange of technology is a critical step forward towards building a vibrant and healthy nation.”

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