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Cancer Screening Available at Hospital H+


By Salvador Quiroz

Early detection of cancer can be a lifesaver. Regular screening of apparently healthy people permits diagnosis in its early stages, when cancer is most curable. Among the major killer cancers are breast, colon and rectum, cervix, and prostate cancer. The doctors and staff of Hospital H+ San Miguel have the latest equipment and training to perform these tests and screenings locally.

A new state-of-the-art mammogram machine will be available at Hospital H+ San Miguel, in addition to the one in operation at this time, for the detection of breast cancer. A female technician is being trained to assist in this area. Doctors recommend that women over 40 years of age should have a mammogram every year.

Annual pap smears are recommended for most women. However, women who have had hysterectomies or are not sexually active may decide to have Pap smears every two to three years. Women over the age of 60 are reminded that Pap smears are important and should be a regular health checkup.

Hospital H+ San Miguel has a colonoscope, which enables doctors to determine more accurately the presence of colon and rectum cancer. This procedure is recommended in normal cases, every four years. However if polyps are detected early on, a colonoscopy should be performed on a yearly basis.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men have an annual digital rectal exam starting at age 40. Additionally, men 50 years or older should have an annual PSA test (a simple blood test), which is the best tool currently available for detecting prostate cancer at its earliest and most curable stage.

Macular Degeneration

This is an age-related problem that affects the retina of the eye, causing progressive vision loss, which at present is incurable. A company named Vision Care is currently developing an implantable telescopic device, which could provide good visual acuity and a wide field of view. We don’t know if this device is available in Mexico, but the company has a US telephone number (408) 872 9393 you may contact for further information; or consult your ophthalmologist.

Hemodialysis Unit

Hospital H+ San Miguel’s hemodialysis unit, under the direction of Dr Salvador Quiroz, recently saved the life of its youngest patient, Alondra Vázquez, a 12-year-old child who collapsed from kidney failure. After several blood transfusions and four hemodialysis treatments, she was able to return home. Alondra has been cared for by the Patronato ProNiños organization since she was three years old, undergoing several operations to correct a cleft palate.


Dr Salvador Quiroz, Internal Medicine and Kidney Disease, Hospital H+, Graduated from the Mayo Clinic. Tel: 152 2329.


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