Daman launches mobile mammography unit to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month

Press release
Published October 11th, 2011 - 09:10 GMT
Jad Aoun, Chief Medical Officer of Daman
Jad Aoun, Chief Medical Officer of Daman

The National Health Insurance Company- Daman today announced plans to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month by offering complimentary mammograms for women across Abu Dhabi emirate.  

Staffed by a certified team of doctors and medical professionals, a Daman-sponsored mobile mammography van will travel across the emirate with plans to target Abu Dhabi city from October 13th-15th at Al Wahda Mall, Al Ain on October 16th at Alain Mall and Madinat Zayed (Western Region) on October 17th at City Mall. The free screening will be conducted from 3pm – 8pm and will be extended if more females are interested to undergo the process.

Current statistics show that over 1 million cases of breast cancer are reported globally every year, with approximately 50-60 cases reported per 100,000 people in the UAE. All women over the age of 35 are encouraged to undergo annual or biannual mammograms in order to facilitate early detection and prevention of the disease.

Chief Medical Officer of Daman, Dr. Jad Aoun commented: “In our experience, most women postpone mammograms for two main reasons: hectic schedules and lack of awareness. Daman’s mobile unit addresses both of these issues. Mammograms are the most effective way to detect the disease in its early stages. We want reach out to as many women as possible over the course of this five day campaign,” he explained.

According to participating doctors and medical technicians, the campaign has been designed with efficiency and convenience in mind. After registering and taking a screening number, participants will undergo a mammogram test that takes around 15 minutes. Test results will be reviewed independently and later communicated to participants by Daman. Results will be kept confidential.

This campaign comes as part of Daman’s ongoing commitment to promoting health and wellbeing across the UAE.

Background Information

The National Health Insurance Company – Daman

The National Health Insurance Company – Daman is the UAE’s leading specialised health insurer, providing comprehensive health insurance solutions to about 3 million members in the UAE.

Daman is a public joint-stock company that is 80% owned by the Abu Dhabi Government with the remaining 20% owned by Munich Re.

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