First Report on ROJoson Breast Specialist Clinical Breast Examination Project – October 10, 2012

Breast Specialist Clinical Breast Examination Project

In support of October Breast Cancer Consciousness Month

First Report on ROJoson Breast Specialist Clinical Breast Examination Project  – October 10, 2012

Today, October 10, 2012, I started my Breast Specialist Clinical Breast Examination Project in my clinic in Manila Doctors Hospital in support of the October Breast Cancer Consciousness Month.  I offered the following free services to MDH medical secretaries and staff:

  1. Physical Examination of the Breast
  2. Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
  3. Advices on Breast Self-Examination
  4. Advices on Need for Other Breast Cancer Screening Tests
  5. Advices on Breast Wellness Promotion

I started at 10:30 am and ended at 1:30 pm. with 13 persons from Manila Doctors Hospital medical secretaries and staff availing of the free services.  The average consultation time per person was computed to be about 15 min.

Of the 13 persons who availed, one was a medical staff (consultant) and 12 were medical secretaries.

All 13 had fibrocystic breast changes (normal) and one had a concomitant infected epidermal cyst on the breast area.

Two had a family history of breast cancer.  The ages ranged from 23 to 63.  For those aged 50 and older, I recommended screening mammography on top of breast self-examination and breast specialist clinical breast examination.

Recommended breast cancer screening procedures included regular breast self-examination, breast specialist clinical breast examination and mammography.

The table below shows a summary of the 13 persons I served, with data on age, findings, and recommended breast cancer screening tools.

Age Group

Number

Findings

(+) Family Hx of Breast Cancer

Recommended Breast Screening Tools

        BSE* BSCBE** Mammo
21-29 1 No dominant breast mass;

Fibrocystic changes / NORMAL

Χ Χ
30-39 4 Χ Χ
40 -49 3 Χ Χ
50-59 3 Χ
60-70 2 √ (2)
  13     *BSE- breast self-exam

**BSCBE – breast specialist clinical breast examination

Those who need mammography, I gave them a request for such a procedure.  I showed them the price list of different diagnostic centers (see below) and left it up to them to choose where to have their mammography done.

Medical Prices on Mammography and Ultrasound of the Breasts

(as of October 9, 2012)

Hospitals / Diagnostic Centers

Mammography (Digital)

Ultrasound (UTZ)

Package  (Mammo + UTZ)

Manila Doctors Hospital

 2200.00

 1500.00

 ?

Medical Center Manila

 1500.00

1500.00

 ?

High-Precision

 none

 700.00

 ?

UPMC

1,422.00

1,050.00

 ?

United Diagnostic Laboratory

1,000.00

750.00

?

Mediscan

 900.00

 800.00

 ?

PMP

 ?

 ?

 ?

Makati Medical Center

 2800.00

 2700.00

 ?

Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital

 2400.00

 2100.00

 ?

San Juan de Dios Hospital

 1,500.00

 1,280.00

 ?

The Medical City

 2510.00

 2000.00

 3715.00

St. Lukes Medical Center

 2558.00

 2229.00

 ?

Asian Hospital Medical Center

 3,250.00

 2,808.00

 4500.00

Chinese General Hospital

none

2,300.00

?

Metropolitan Hospital

2,220.00

1,530.00

?

Others      

NOTE 1: With the good response I experienced today, my secretary, Ms. Beth Tumambeng, and I decided to put up a schedule of my Breast Specialist Clinical Breast Examination Project  (outside my regular clinic hours) for the rest of the month of October.  See below.

Date – October Day Time
12 Friday 10-12
15 Monday 9-12; 1-4
16 Tuesday 1-4
17 Wednesday 8-10
19 Friday 10-12
22 Monday 9-12; 1-4
26 Friday 10-12
30 Tuesday 1-4
31 Wednesday 10-12

NOTE 2: Starting October 16, 2012, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, from 1-4 pm, my residents in the Department of Surgery of Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center under my supervision will conduct Breast Specialist Clinical Breast Examination for all interested female employees of Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.

 

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