I first met Sandie in Clifton, Virginia about five years ago. She had survived breast cancer. Our husbands worked at the same company and we lived in the same neighborhood. And we continue to live in the same neighborhood in Las Condes, Santiago, Chile. How lucky can any one person be to still have Sandie as both a friend and neighbor! One thing's for sure, I've not known Sandie to slow down for a moment and there's no indication that she will anytime soon. In fact she's already signed up for the 2011 3-Day Walk in San Diego!
More than 25 million people have been diagnosed and 10 million could die in the next 25 years without the cures. Together, we can change this. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is working daily in countries around the world to empower people with life-saving information and to raise funds for the global breast cancer fight. Through initiatives, events and innovative programs, we're helping people in areas where breast cancer deaths are high and treatments are not readily available.
According to Juan Carlos Acevedo, head of the Comprehensive Breast Center of the CLC, nearly one out 10 women in Chile have breast cancer. Chile's foundation, Yo Mujer Corporación Contra el Cáncer de Mama recently hosted their 6th Corrida Yo Mujer or Run For the cure Sunday, October 3, 2010. As part of the campaign, municipal buildings will be illuminated in pink (color symbolic of the campaign) in Antofagasta, Valparaiso, Talca, Concepción, Puerto Montt, and Santiago. On October 4 through October 14 the Palacio La Moneda and regions will be lit up in pink. Run for Life also occurred in Antofagasta, Valparaiso and Concepcion, while in Puerto Montt, Talca enjoyed entertaining dances. The National Women's Service (SERNAM ) and Clínica Las Condes has launched a campaign to prevent breast cancer, providing women educational information by physicians. A facility will be installed, opposite the Palace of La Moneda in Santiago with experts encouraging women to learn more about self-examination.
While a cure is still just out of our reach, what is firmly in our grasp is the technology and examinations that can help detect, prevent and help arrest the further development of cancer. Yet here in Chile, while the mammography technology is available, many have difficulty accessing it and trusting the results. CNN Chile reports only 20% of the clinics in have voluntarily sought out certification (La importancia de la certificación de calidad de las mamografías). The news report stated that the list of those clinics and doctors who are certified is made public...but on the internet. Of course notwithstanding is the issue of digital divide (public only to those who have access to a computer/internet).
Below are the only clinics that are certified in Santiago to offer mammography examinations as posted on http://www.sochradi.cl/cap_mama.php
GRUPO COMISION DE ACREDITACION
Dra. María Lorena Díaz
Dra. Paulina González
Dra. Consuelo Fernández
Dr. Miguel Angel Pinochet
Dra. Marcela Uchida
Sra. Ana María Castro
Sra. Elizabeth Cañipa
Sra. María Paz Durán
Sr. Fernando Leyton
Sr. Gabriel Zelada
Centro de Diagnóstico San Vicente de Paul
Centro Médico Clínica Ciudad del Mar
Centro Radiológico Su Vida
Clínica Alemana de Santiago
Clínica Avansalud Providencia
Clínica Avansalud Vespucio S.A.
Clínica Santa María
Clínica Las Condes
Corporación Nacional del Cáncer de Santiago
Integramédica Barcelona Providencia S.A.
Instituto de Radiología, Ecografía y Mamografía Dr. Iván Ipinza Gutiérrez
Instituto Radiológico Providencia
Megasalud Providencia (Mamodiagnóstico Ltda.)
Procedimientos Diagnósticos S.A.
Radiología Centro Médico Alcántara - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Radiología Centro Médico Marcoleta – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Radiológico y Laboratorio Santa Lucía Ltda.
Centro Carlos Edwards
Centro Radiológico Plaza Ñuñoa
Sonorad Las Bellotas
Have you had your breast exam?