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Statistics has it that one woman in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime and one out of thirty three women will definitely die from it. This hence makes mobile mammography an effective solution to bring breast examination and screening services closer to women above the age of 40 and hence reducing the risks of deaths emanating from breast cancer.
Large populations of women who are over the age of 40 around the world live in the countryside and this makes it rather difficult for them to visit health institutions for mammograms. These units therefore take breast health care to underserved populations, working women in industrial sites, community and even church groups. These mammograms are henceforth key to lifesaving early detection of breast cancer. These on-site mammograms are as confidential and safe just as going to a fixed health center.
A mobile mammography unit will mostly consist of a specialized trailer towed by a truck . The trailer house specialized machines like the x-ray machines and the necessary computer hardware. The unit will consist of almost every aspect from articles, machines to cabins used for undressing and dressing. The unit temperature is modified and kept as room temperature. The staff consisting of radiologists who read the photo images and technologists are mostly of female gender and are effectively trained. This improves the confidentiality factor.
Another option of erecting a mobile examination and screening unit is by hiring buildings for a short period. Necessary mammogram equipments are towed into the building and a temporary examination center established. These specialized x-ray machines are rather expensive and not all rural medical facilities have them hence a mobile unit could be hired and erected with the existing infrastructure.
Mobile mammography is since a cost effective and an inexpensive exercise for it reduces the cost of transport to travelling to medical centers. Women will be screened for a few minutes and then go back to attend to their other duties hence saving time. Developments have been made towards making the units even more portable hence cost effective.
Modern mobile screening units have features which make it even more convenient. The digital image data transfer through low bandwidth networks and citrix software solutions, information systems are made available to other health centers via the network. The mammogram data is hence made available to a cancer centre in real-time and the image data sent securely. This screening information is transferred within minutes and the system automatically links the report to an existing patient database.
The mammogram results can be directly communicated to the examinee or to the examinees physician in form of a typed report. This takes just a few days and should the results be abnormal, the patient is contacted and follow up care is then conveniently advised.
Women above the age of 40 need to undertake mammograms at least once in a year. This is to facilitate early detection of breast cancer which is effectively treated at its early stages of development. Statistics estimate that one third of breast cancer in America annually could be prevented by early detection. It is for this reason that makes mobile mammography which brings these services closer to many underserved women in the world a great initiative and success.
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San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2014
In celebration of Black History Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KPBS in San Diego to honor extraordinary African Americans as local heroes. The 2014 Black History Month honorees are: former professor and breast cancer awareness advocate Tessie Bonner, and J.T. Inge, Joe Earl Jackson, and Dr. Carrel Reavis, Original Montford Point Marines.
They will be recognized in February at a private dinner celebration with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank.
Since 1998, KPBS and Union Bank have collaborated on the Local Heroes program and recognized nearly 190 honorees. The program pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large. The 2014 Black History Month honorees demonstrate a shared commitment to providing their communities with the tools to thrive in today’s changing world.
Throughout the year, honorees will also be identified during Women’s History Month (March); Jewish American Heritage Month (May); Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May); LGBT Pride Month (June); Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October); Disability Awareness Month (October); and American Indian Heritage Month (November).
“We congratulate our Local Heroes for all they do in the community and for embodying Union Bank’s values of giving back,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with KPBS as we recognize these extraordinary honorees who dedicate so much of themselves to the San Diego community.”
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Union Bank as we honor these inspiring individuals,” said Tom Karlo, KPBS general manager. “It is a privilege to highlight the contributions of these local heroes within our programming. From fighting for our country to equipping women with the tools to fight for their health, these individuals have positively influenced the African American community and San Diego at large.”
The 2014 honorees for Black History Month are:
Tessie Bonner is a cosmetologist and breast cancer awareness advocate. A former professor of cosmetology for San Diego City College and a longtime hair salon owner, Ms. Bonner partnered with UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center to create African American Cosmetologists Promoting Health, a program that trains salon professionals to educate clients on breast cancer awareness. The program began in 1994 and has grown throughout the U.S. to help thousands of women. Ms. Bonner has received numerous awards, such as the Soroptimist International Woman of Accomplishment award, Women Helping Women award, and Woman of Distinction award from San Diego Women Incorporated. She has also been honored by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women).
J.T. Inge, Joe Earl Jackson, and Dr. Carrel Reavis are Original Montford Point Marines members of the San Diego Chapter of the National Montford Point Marine Association, a non-profit veteran organization established to celebrate the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the United States Marine Corps between 1942-1949. Retired Gunnery Sergeant Mr. Inge, Retired First Sergeant Mr. Jackson, and Retired Gunnery Sergeant Dr. Reavis were among the first 20,000 African American men who enlisted in the Marines and were sent to the segregated Montford Point Camp for training in New River, North Carolina. All three men served more than 20 years in the Marine Corps before moving on to other careers in the San Diego area. In 2012, the former Marines were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, “for outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marine Corps.”
KPBS features a wide range of Black History Month programming during February. For more information or to nominate a future local hero, please visit http://www.kpbs.org/heroes or unionbank.com/heroes.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $ 105.9 billion at December 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 420 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on December 31, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit http://www.unionbank.com for more information.
KPBS serves our local communities with news and entertainment programming that respects our audience with inspiring, intelligent and enlightening content. KPBS will deliver this content via multiple outlets, including television, radio, and digital media and will adapt and remain relevant in a rapidly changing world. KPBS values integrity, truth, transparency and lifelong learning. At KPBS we strive to engage with our citizens and showcase the unique neighborhoods and people that make our community thrive. And as a public service of San Diego State University, education is a core value – from our children’s programming to our local news coverage. KPBS is committed to being a reliable source for in-depth, thoughtful, and high quality content.
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Owner of So Curly, So Kinky, So Straight Announces Cleveland Natural Hair Care and Fitness Expo, March 2nd
Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Emmy-award winning comedian, Chris Rock, made headlines in 2009 when he took Black women “back to their roots” with his hilarious, but controversial documentary “Good Hair,” referring to what he feels is black women’s subconscious quest to overcome the burdens of slavery and racism by making their hair straight and silky like white women. Rock parodied Black women’s unhealthy use of chemical-laden hair relaxers (referred by some women in the film as “creamy crack”), and the exorbitant amount of money spent on weave extensions of human Indian hair to make their locks appear more in line with society’s portrayal of the ideal beauty. But for local businesswoman and philanthropist, Monica Daniely Green, natural hair is no laughing matter. It’s a movement, and a business opportunity tied to her philanthropic mission to increase black women’s sense of beauty, self-esteem, and pride, by showing them that their own natural hair is, in fact, beautiful.
Green, who was recently named one of Heineken’s “25 Influential African American Women,” is a native Clevelander, and owner of one of the premier natural black hair care salons in the country, So Curly, So Kinky, So Straight (http://www.socurlysokinkysostraight), located at 4160 Mayfield Road, in South Euclid. She is also a professional speaker, author, professional development trainer, consultant, and founder of the Natural Hair Care and Fitness Expo in Cleveland, which will take place 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., March 2, 2014 at the new Cleveland Convention Center (300 Lakeside Avenue).
Touting itself as “…much more than a salon,” So Curly, So Kinky, So Straight specializes in natural and healthy hair for women and men, as well as makeup and beauty services. The Salon offers a number of natural hairstyles, including cornrows (miniature French braids made throughout the head), Two-Strand Twists (a series of two pieces of hair twisted together all over the head), Ceramic Press Loc Extension (a “new age” press and curl using a ceramic iron), Press-N-Silk (a blow dry process to straighten natural hair), and more. The salon also offers clients value-added services with a holistic beauty approach, catering to their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being through workshops and other events – and much of this will be highlighted at the Natural Hair Care and Fitness Expo.
According to the Wall Street Journal (2012), the Hair Care industry is a $ 10 billion business. The Black Hair Care industry is valued at $ 684 million (Mindel 2012), with a growing national movement away from chemically relaxed or straightened hair. “Anytime you don’t put a chemical or synthetic in your hair, it’s better for you,” says Green. “It keeps it stronger, and you’re able to do more enhancements, like add color to your hair, with minimal stress,” she said. Studies show that many of the chemicals used in African-American hair care straightening products have been found to cause a variety of serious health issues such as breast cancer, heart disease, and cognitive disorders. In fact, the number of Black women who do not use these types of products jumped to 36.0% in 2011, up from 26.0% in 2010.
“The hair care industry is not regulated like other industries,” says Green. “Therefore, the long-term side effects of using particular products, is not necessarily known until many years down the line. But one major problem that we do see is premature balding, because the chemicals can actually burn the scalp. So the biggest advantage to wearing natural hair is, it’s safer and healthier,” she said.
Green intends on making an even bigger mark in the industry that was pioneered by one of her greatest inspirations, Madam C.J. Walker, the first female African American self-made millionaire who revolutionized the black hair care industry in the early 20th century with the invention of a number of hair care products targeted to black women. Not only is Green a salon owner, she is also a partner in the Flawless Barber College on Shaker Square in Cleveland. “I am also in the process of opening one of many Beauty Colleges, as well,” says Green. “My long-term plan is to have multiple salon locations and schools across the country. Everything that I’m doing is birthed out of a mission to serve and help enrich other people’s lives. What I notice now is, beauty schools emphasize the need to pass state boards, with no focus on entrepreneurship,” she said. My ultimate goal is to assist in the manufacturing of a group of leaders and entrepreneurs who will impact the industry in a very positive and educated fashion. I want to transition hair stylists from working in someone else’s salon, to learning how to build their own hair care business. “In in the end, I am building an empire to help people feel better about themselves, while also encouraging beauty professionals to create wealth and a legacy for themselves and their families. A wonderful bi-product of all of this will be an increase in employment opportunities, and black ownership, within the hair care industry.”
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, 100% of the companies that produced black hair care products were black-owned. Today, that number is significantly lower at only 30%. Johnson Products was eventually bought out by white-owned company, Proctor & Gamble. L’Oreal now owns the Soft Sheen and Carson brands, and Pro-Line is now owned by Alberto-Culver. And the majority of brick and mortar storefronts (approximately 9,000) are run by Korean and Chinese business owners. “But with sales falling in the black hair care market because of the new “natural” movement,” says Green, “there is a great opportunity for African American business owners to regain a larger share of the market, by capitalizing on the growing natural black hair care market. Being a hair stylist is not just something to do because you don’t want to go to college. It’s a career path or multi-million dollar business in a viable and thriving industry. But if it’s not taught that way, we’ll continue to see Black women dominate as consumers only, like they are now – purchasing 70% more hair care products than any other group, yet not having any real stake in the industry. Through my barber and beauty colleges, in particular, I am looking forward to showing aspiring stylists all over the nation how to do what I am doing, and build wealth beyond the chair,” she said.
In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Green is also the author of the book, “Natural Hair Love Train – The Book,” as well as an adjunct business instructor for Cuyahoga Community College. Her philanthropic activities include hosting the annual “Happy to be Nappy” picnic in Forest Hills Park. Green expects to speak at many major international beauty shows this year, and introduce DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance) personality training to the industry.
For more information, including the upcoming Natural Hair Care and Fitness Expo, call (216) 938-9537, or visit http://www.socurlysokinkysostraight.com.
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Volpara Solutions Launches Two Quantitative Breast Imaging Tools to Work with its Globally Used, Multi-Vendor VolparaDensity Volumetric Breast Density Software
Vienna, Austria (PRWEB) March 07, 2014
Volpara Solutions today announced the launch of VolparaAnalytics and VolparaDose, two new quantitative breast imaging software tools built on the Volpara algorithm which enables the generation of volumetric measurements, including density, patient specific dose, and applied pressure. The Company is showcasing the expanded suite of breast imaging software tools for the first time, here at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) meeting, March 6-10, 2014. (ECR2014 – First level gallery, booth 619).
Cleared by the FDA, HealthCanada, the TGA and CE-marked, VolparaDensity is used globally by radiologists to objectively assess density from both digital mammography and tomosynthesis images and help evaluate who might benefit from additional screening. Highly correlated to breast MR assessments, VolparaDensity is a reliable tool which automatically generates an objective, automatic measurement of volumetric breast density and a FDA cleared BI-RADS breast density category. To date, more than 2 million women have had their volumetric breast density analyzed using VolparaDensity.
“My nurses and colleagues find VolparaDensity easy to use with minimal training. We use it to objectively determine high density before performing breast ultrasound screening. In tandem, my colleagues in gynecology are finding it interesting to use the volumetric measurements to follow hormonal and anti-hormonal therapy,” said Professor André Grivegnée, Jules Bordet Institute, Brussels, Belgium.
VolparaAnalytics assists in quality assurance by monitoring and recording critical elements of the breast imaging process, including mammography, tomosynthesis and technologist performance. The software generates key imaging performance metrics to help understand the performance of technologists, readers and mammography machines and presents the information inside an easy-to-use dashboard.
For each image received, VolparaAnalytics automatically extracts information about the x-ray physics parameters used, records mammography and technologist identifiers, and computes various novel metrics from that data, including volumetric breast density and pressure. Real-time alerts and reports can demonstrate, for example, whether one technologist is compressing too much, or if one mammography unit is operating differently to the others. This comparative information can help determine whether additional training or re-calibration is required.
A study recently published in the British Journal of Radiology established that there is a wide variation in compression force and breast thicknesses for the same patient when they are imaged by different technologists. Clinical implications of this range from variations in dose exposure to potential variations in image quality and lesion visibility. In another recent study recently published in Radiology, researchers questioned the utility of a universal recall rate goal and suggest that targets have to be adjusted on the basis of local population factors.
“With VolparaAnalytics, breast screening programs can now evaluate individual and regional differences in screening performance in the context of volumetric breast density. In research being presented this week at ECR, researchers from the DENSE trial will showcase results that suggest a geographical variation in mammographic density distribution is present in the Netherlands, which would support structural assessment of breast density within the screening programme,” said Ralph Highnam, CEO of Volpara Solutions.
VolparaDose moves away from manufacturer-specific radiation dose estimates to using a standard mean glandular dose algorithm along with the patient-specific volumetric breast density to give a better estimate of the dose absorbed by the specific breast. The dose can be inserted directly into patient letters on compatible mammography reporting systems, and sent to enterprise wide dose tracking systems. Currently, mammography systems generate a Mean Glandular Dose (MGD) based on an assumption of a homogeneous mixture of fat and fibroglandular tissue in standard proportions.
“We all know it’s critical to keep radiation dose as low as possible whilst retaining high image quality, and yet the current dose estimates in mammography may significantly under or over-estimate the actual patient dose because they generate calculations based on assumption of a homogeneous mixture of fat and fibroglandular tissue in standard, non-personalized proportions. We are presenting research this week which demonstrates that it is possible to improve the personalization of radiation dose estimation, which may, in turn, allow for better optimization of radiation dose in breast screening, both in mammography and tomosynthesis,” added Dr. Highnam.
About Volpara Solutions
Founded to enable radiologists to give women the most accurate information possible regarding their breast health, Volpara Solutions is the wholly owned sales and marketing arm of Matakina Technology Limited of New Zealand. Matakina’s founders and Board of Directors includes John Hood, PhD, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, UK; Ralph Highnam, PhD, former CEO of Mirada Solutions, one of the University of Oxford’s most successful spin-outs of recent times and co-author of the seminal book Mammographic Image Analysis; and Professor Sir Michael Brady, a serial entrepreneur who recently retired from the University of Oxford where he was Professor of Information Technology for 25 years.