International Women’s day
My mother has a central role in my life and I chose today, at the International Women’s day I wanted to write about her and what her work has done to many women. She worked for many years at the hospital. She was a nurse and her father, my grandfather, was a radiologists
During many years my mother worked with X-ray, she X-rayed breast. Breast cancer is a severe decease and in order to discover it women is called for an X-ray at her 40. Every two years the women need to come into the hospital. It is very important to show up and to be in time. Discover it in time may change your possibilities for the cancer development.
The nurse starts to ask the patient about her health statue. After that she looks for potential marks or scar that would be seen on the X-ray. With this knowledge less mistakes would be made and it becomes a more secure result from the visit.
One breast at the time is placed on the machine. The breast is squeezed together. This improves the quality of the picture and lower the amount of X-ray.
80 to 100 women
Between 80 to 100 women come to do the X-ray every day. Already after 2 weeks they get their result. The result is sent to each woman, and no matter what the outcome is, a letter is posted to every woman. Getting an envelop does not mean that there is a positive result, or that something is wrong. And if nothing is wrong a new meeting will be in the next two years.
So today at the day where we are celebrating women my message and hope is that all women that got a letter from the hospital will go to investigate their breast. The investigation decreases the mortality with 40 percent. It is a life-changing and fantastic possibility to have them looked up and also a bigger chance to stay close to your family and loved ones for a longer period in life.
I am grateful to my mother’s and her colleagues work they have supported many women through the years.
Source Första hjälpen, Västra Götalands Regionen, Information Hälso- och Sjukvårdsnämnden.