YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Some 1,200 women have been examined in the Armenian University of Armenia’s Mammography center since April 1997–when the Center was established. An estimated 155 women were diagnosed with breast cancer.
The main purpose of the center is to detect and diagnose breast cancer in its initial stage through state-of the art mammography technology–before any lumps or other symptoms of the disease are revealed.
The founder of the Center–co-chairwoman of the Women’s Health Protection Association–Rita Balian of the US–has been implementing other charitable programs in Armenia’since 1988.
The United Armenian Fund brought diagnostic equipment valued at $200,000 for the center–in hopes of advancing the center’s technological capabilities for early detection of breast cancer.
Armenia is the first country in the Commonwealth of Independent State which is equipped with such a center.
Balian stated that her organization planned to transform the Center into a regional medical establishment in the near future.
For that purpose a group of American doctors will be accompanying Balian during her visit to Armenia this November.
The American doctors will conduct retraining courses for their Armenian colleagues.