Breast cancer is still one of the leading causes of cancer mortality in women. For the most part, early stages of breast cancer can only be halted by a surgical procedure known as radical mastectomy. It involves the complete removal of the breast tissue, which would include the growing tumor. Failure to remove or even detect the tumor in its early stages leads to the metastasis, also known as spreading of the infected cancer cells to other parts of the body.
The only way to treat late stages of breast cancer is by the use of chemotherapy, which aims to kill the spreading cancer cells in the middle of their proliferative growth cycle. The problem with breast cancer management is primarily its cost; even though a lot of women are at risk to developing breast cancer, be it through environmental hazards or through their parent’s genes, very few women have the financial stability to diagnose their sicknesses, let alone afford treatment.
In connecting to this, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital has decided to team up with Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation, women who do not have the financial capacity to get breast cancer treatment now have an option. It is also timely that the partnership with a Muslim foundation had happened in the month of Ramadan—which is the Muslim time for giving and receiving blessings.
For the AACSH’s part, they are willing to shoulder the treatment itself, plus the group of physicians who will manage the patient before, during, and after the procedure. The screening of the patients who are eligible for the sponsored treatment will be handled by the Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation. This partnership was celebrated by the first ever breast cancer surgery done at the AACSH treatment center on a 46 year old woman last 13th of August this year.
Michael Stroud, CEO of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, said that they were happy to have partnered with a kind and supportive group of people like the Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation. As of today, he said they have openly provided the patients with first-class operation rooms and admission centers to all of those people who need treatment. He also said that he is glad that the first surgery that was the fruit of the partnership happened during this month.
On the other hand, the Founder of Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation Elizabeth Reyes said that it breaks her heart knowing that there are a lot of women who die from breast cancer just because they cannot afford the treatment for it. She added that for women to have the highest possibility of surviving their illnesses they should be placed into the best kinds of hospitals, along with the best surgeons that are qualified to work on the patients—this was the reason why she considered partnering with the AACSH.
Ever since the conception of the AACSH during 2008, it has provided treatment both in the cosmetic and medical field non-stop—partnering with government and private organizations in order to provide the best treatment for the lowest price possible for patients who are financially challenged.
Meanwhile, the Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation was formed in Dubai, UAE, where it has pledged to help all women in the United Arab Emirates who cannot afford breast cancer treatment. They also help women who do not have breast cancer, but want to know more about the disease and how to avoid the risk factors that may contribute to the development of the disease. Thanks to the partnership of these two organizations, women from all over have the chance at life, even though their financial woes hinder them to a better future.