She watches over her family and Davao Doctors Hospital makes it a point to watch over her.
With the increasing rate of diseases inflicting today’s women, it is imperative that they are well-informed and well taken care of.
There are various channels through which information can be gleaned—television, radio and print media. However, there is nothing more powerful than a message conveyed personally—with the human touch. This is what the Davao Doctors Hospital is striving to achieve—to deliver information and appropriate treatment with TLC to all Dabawenyas.
The DDH Obstetric Gynecologists are working closely with major societies and government institutions to undertake information dissemination. This is best achieved through lectures and training of health workers within the city, as well as in far-flung areas (where information is scarce).
Unknown to most women, they can be exposed to human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that infects the skin and mucous membranes of humans. Some types are typically transmitted through sexual contact and infect the anogenital region, while some can cause genital warts. Persistent infection with “high risk” types can eventually progress to cervical cancer.
“Cervical cancer is the most common genital tract malignancy in the Philippines and worldwide. A woman dies of this disease every 2 seconds,” Dr. Concepcion Damaso-Rayel says, “But this is one disease that can be avoided. If diagnosed at its early stages, cervical cancer can be treated.”
Doctors also advise even women at an early age to get the HPV vaccines. Although the vaccine is a major advance in the prevention of genital HPV and HPV-induced cancers, it is still best to undergo other prevention strategies (such as cervical cancer screening and pap tests) as a safeguard.
The pap smear has reduced the incidence and lethality of cervical cancer. This is why DDH undertakes a free pap smear drive yearly through the OB-Gyn department of the hospital. If needed, they have a complete line of equipment to diagnose and treat cervical cancer.
Breast cancer is another high-incident disease that inflicts women. Worldwide, it is the second most common type of cancer after lung cancer and the fifth most common cause of cancer death.
With this alarming news, doctors advise women age 40 and above to perform regular physical check-ups. This includes self-tests as well as professionally-administered check-ups to detect any abnormalities. A regular mammography exam is highly recommended.
Though a mammography is the most effective screening method to detect early breast cancer, women dread going through this process. This is because a regular mammography is considered painful and tortuous by women in general.
But there is good news for Dabawenyas. There is a new version of this life-saving machine that is quick, easy and painless—the digital mammogram. Among the benefits of this revolutionary machine are: the significantly reduced radiation dose, shorter exposure times, and intelligent compression—applying pressure only as long as the patient's breast is soft and pliable. Also, the digital mammogram is more effective for screening because it provides superior images for early detection of cancer, during the phase when it is easiest to cure.
This state-of-the-art equipment will be coming soon to Davao Doctors Hospital, and is but one of the numerous improvements that the hospital is undertaking in order to provide quality care to Dabawenyas and women in neighboring provinces.
This health institution may have the latest technological implements that serve and save the lives of the “fairer” sex, but they also take pride in the fact that they have the best doctors in the expertise of women care.
Women need not go elsewhere to get tender loving care. Indeed and in deed, Davao Doctors Hospital is a one-stop TLC-provider for women.