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YPKJ launches mobile mammography

  • Khristina Ruth Bintang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, February 12, 2014 | 10:36 pm
YPKJ launches mobile mammography Cancer counseling: Dharmais Cancer Hospital chief dr. Sonar Soni Panigoro (second right) delivers a speech while the Jakarta Breast Health Foundation vice president Ning Anhar (left to right), advisor Andy Endriantono Sutarto, and dr. Walta Gautama of the hospital listen during a information session at the hospital in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The information session was held in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day. (JP/Khristina Ruth Bintang)" height="339" border="0" width="512">Cancer counseling: Dharmais Cancer Hospital chief dr. Sonar Soni Panigoro (second right) delivers a speech while the Jakarta Breast Health Foundation vice president Ning Anhar (left to right), advisor Andy Endriantono Sutarto, and dr. Walta Gautama of the hospital listen during a information session at the hospital in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The information session was held in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day. (JP/Khristina Ruth Bintang)

The Jakarta Breast Health Foundation (YKPJ) launched on Wednesday a mobile mammography unit for wider early detection of breast cancer in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day commemoration at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital in West Jakarta.

"About 60 to 70 percent of all patients who are admitted to this hospital are already in the advanced stage [of cancer]," Dharmais Cancer Hospital head dr. Sonar Soni Panigoro told a press conference.

“Early detection is crucial in reducing the risk of cancer.”

Mobile examiner: The Jakarta Breast Health Foundation (YKPJ) launches a mobile mammography unit in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The unit is installed in a bus granted by state oil-and-gas firm PT Pertamina. (JP/Khristina Ruth Bintang)

Cancer counseling: Dharmais Cancer Hospital chief dr. Sonar Soni Panigoro (second right) delivers a speech while the Jakarta Breast Health Foundation vice president Ning Anhar (left to right), advisor Andy Endriantono Sutarto, and dr. Walta Gautama of the hospital listen during a information session at the hospital in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The information session was held in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day. (JP/Khristina Ruth Bintang)

The Jakarta Breast Health Foundation (YKPJ) launched on Wednesday a mobile mammography unit for wider early detection of breast cancer in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day commemoration at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital in West Jakarta.

"About 60 to 70 percent of all patients who are admitted to this hospital are already in the advanced stage [of cancer]," Dharmais Cancer Hospital head dr. Sonar Soni Panigoro told a press conference.

'€œEarly detection is crucial in reducing the risk of cancer.'€

Mobile examiner: The Jakarta Breast Health Foundation (YKPJ) launches a mobile mammography unit in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The unit is installed in a bus granted by state oil-and-gas firm PT Pertamina. (JP/Khristina Ruth Bintang)Mobile examiner: The Jakarta Breast Health Foundation (YKPJ) launches a mobile mammography unit in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The unit is installed in a bus granted by state oil-and-gas firm PT Pertamina. (JP/Khristina Ruth Bintang)

The mobile mammography unit, which is installed on a bus, is a grant from state-owned oil-and-gas company PT Pertamina. As not all hospitals have such equipment, the mobile mammography bus will only operate in Greater Jakarta area in cooperation with several organizations and companies.

With the mobile mammography bus, it is expected that residents will have more access for early breast cancer detection.

Mammography is a special radiology examination using low-dose X-ray to detect breast cancer as early as possible, even before there were any visible changes on breasts or lumps can be physically detected.

The instrument can detect early stages of breast cancer with an accuracy of 80 to 90 percent.

Mammography can be done by women who have high risk of breast cancer, such as women above 35 years of age, women who never been married, never breastfeed her children, had family history of cancer and women who have given birth after 35.

Also presented in the press conference were YKPJ advisor Andy Endriantono Sutarto and vice president Ning Anhar.

YKPJ was established in 2003 that partners with the government to promote public awareness and treatment of breast cancer in Jakarta.

On the World Cancer Day 2014, there were public awareness counseling of early detection in cancer by dr. Martha Roida Manurung. On the counseling, she told audience the importance of early detection in cancer.

"With early detection, the earliest stage of breast cancer is curable," Martha said.

Martha said breast cancer topped the list of the 10 biggest cancers at Dharmais, followed by cervical cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and nasopharynx cancer. Almost 85% of breast cancer patients came to the hospital already in an advanced stage.

In addition to counseling session, the commemoration of the 2014 World Cancer Day also had a bazaar of health-related goods, beauty class by cancer survivor Dinda Nawangwulan, and photography class by senior photographer Arbain Rambey.

Living spirit: Senior photographer Arbain Rambey (right) delivers a photography workshop to cancer patients at Dharmais Cancer Hospital auditorium in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The workshop was held in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day.Living spirit: Senior photographer Arbain Rambey (right) delivers a photography workshop to cancer patients at Dharmais Cancer Hospital auditorium in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The workshop was held in conjunction with the 2014 World Cancer Day.

 

For more information on mobile mammography unit, please contact:

 

YKPJ

Dharmais Cancer Hospital

Jl. S. Parman Kav. 84-86, Jakarta

Phone: 021-56967762

Patmi: 081289263871

Verry: 08159901106

 

The writer is an intern at The Jakarta Post.

 

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