AHIH marks International Women’s Day with free consultation till May 31

March 19, 2017

To mark the essence of International Women’s Day, Al Hayat International Hospital (AHIH) offers women above 40 years of age a free consultation and discounted evaluation. Till May 31, this consultation is offered every Thursday from 5pm to 9pm and on Friday from 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm.

This includes a mammogramme, pelvic ultrasound, pap-smear and BMD test. These tests conducted at AHIH will help in early detection of cancer in the breast and womb (uterus) and bone weakness.

Cancer of the breast accounts for 50 per cent of all cancer cases in women. Women are also affected by other cancers such as those of the thyroid, colon, rectum, leukemia and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. AHIH under the leadership of Dr K P Raman, chairman and supported by the gynaecology wing of the hospital is providing free gynaecological consultation during these months.

Dr Vandana Yakub, specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, AHIH will be screening the patients who opt for the health package at a discounted price of RO50 (discounted from RO200). The expert gynaecologist has previously amassed varied experience in major and minor procedures in obstetrics and gynaecology including abdominal, vaginal and non-descent vaginal (NDVH) hysterectomies, exploratory laparotomy, surgeries for genital prolapse, myomectomies, ovarian surgery and tubal ligation.

At AHIH, there are expert surgeons to perform most surgeries by the keyhole method (laparoscopic). Dr Vandana said, “Breast and cervical cancer are the leading cancers in women in the region; hence, the package is recommended for all women above 40 years of age. Mammography and pap smear will help in early detection of cancer in the breast and uterus, respectively.”

Dr Vandana added, “Along with the screening for cancers in females, the women’s health care package is a great opportunity to tackle other issues including prevention of osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“Mammography for women is recommended annually above 45 years and a pap smear every three years after 21 years of age.”

BMD is a test which detects whether bones are weak. Osteoporosis is very common in women after the age of 50 years. Dr Vandana added that more and more younger women fall prey to breast cancer in Oman. She said, “Approximately 53 per cent of female breast cancer is prevalent in women below 50 years of age as compared to western countries where the incidence increases after 50 years.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Al Hayat International Hospital on 22004000 or send an email at pradeep.ratnagiri@alhayathospital.com or shakunthala@alhayathospital.com.

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