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Tawam in the picture on cancer

Access to breast screening in Abu Dhabi is set to improve, after Tawam Hospital announced the launch of a mobile mammography unit.

Access to breast screening in Abu Dhabi is set to improve, after Tawam Hospital announced the launch of a mobile mammography unit.

The pilot project, which will initially be confined to the emirate, aims to screen up to 20 women a day in an effort to address the region's poor rate of early detection. Images will be transmitted to the hospital so, if lesions are suspected, patients can be referred to the facility's breast care centre.

"It creates a win-win situation," said CEO of Tawam Hospital, Michael E Heindel.

"The service will not only save lives, it will also save the health service millions of dirhams by screening more women, more regularly and reducing the number of potentially fatal or advanced cases.

The unit's female-only staff will help tackle poor access in rural areas, within the constraints of cultural sensitivities, he added.

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