With products and solutions for cancer treatment, radiation therapy, and HIV/AIDS treatment, we help healthcare professionals fight the most threatening diseases.
Breast cancer treatment in South Africa
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor of the mammary gland. Not only is it one of the most common types of cancer in the Western world, it’s becoming an increasing threat also for women in developing nations. More women die from breast cancer than from any other form of this life-threatening disease. According to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), breast cancer is detected in one in 29 women in South Africa. Early diagnosis and advanced technologies, like radiation therapy, can help reduce mortality rate from breast cancer.
Detecting breast cancer as early as possible is essential for successful cancer treatment. Siemens helps improve cancer care for women by offering innovative technologies, such as breast screening and radiation therapy. In May 2012, Siemens donated a new mobile mammography unit outfitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment to the Netcare Foundation. The Mammo Trailer provides breast cancer screening services to underprivileged women in rural and semirural areas of South Africa – free of charge.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that infects the cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their ability to function. With 33 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS and 2.7 million new infections each year, HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic. On the African continent, HIV/AIDS is a major healthcare challenge, with the Sub-Saharan region being hit the hardest.
We offer a broad portfolio of testing capabilities across diagnostic disciplines – from screening and diagnosis to medical treatment selection and monitoring. To expand access of cost-effective healthcare in Africa, Siemens is working with funding agencies and local partners. Through the REACH program (Resources Embracing Africa with Care and Hope), for example, we are able to deliver HIV/AIDS treatment in settings where it would have otherwise been impossible.