As part of the joint ICA-Knesset initiative, female Knesset staff undergoes tests for breast cancer

08/11/2011 10:31:11

Over 80 women employed at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) underwent early detection tests for breast cancer on Tuesday November 8, 2011, as part of the initiative launched by the Knesset which partnered with the Israel Cancer Association, to screen female employees.


The tests were conducted at the Knesset clinic and among those screened were Parliamentary aides, Knesset Guard (protective security unit) employees, cleaning and maintenance staff, and others.


This activity was a success, dedicatedly and professionally led by physicians specializing in breast screenings, Dr. Einat Carmon and Dr. Tanir Allweiss, who is also an Israel Cancer Association Advisor and the Chairwoman of the Israel Senologic Society.


The Israel Cancer Association recommends mammographic screening for breast cancer that has a potentially life-saving impact. The earlier the disease is detected, the better the chances of being cured - reaching 90% and higher. 


Women over the age of 50 are advised to undergo a mammographic screening examination once every two years. Women over 40 with a "family history" are advised to get themselves tested once a year. BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers are entitled to an MRI Scan.


The number of breast cancer survivors is steadily on the rise, thanks to early detection tests and enhanced treatment modalities, as well as heightened awareness of the disease. To lower the risk of getting breast cancer - it is important to prevent obesity, refrain from smoking and engage in regular physical activity.