Breast health specialist shares importance of early diagnosis
When it comes to breast cancer, testing and treatment as well as connecting with the right people for reliable knowledge is essential. A local breast health clinic, Pink Hibiscus offers cancer screenings, advanced treatments and awareness programs to provide accurate information and awareness of the disease.
The center, known for its digital imaging device, the only one of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, ensures painless and accurate reading in a clean and comfortable environment. The organization is a member of the European Reference Organization for Quality Assured Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services (EUREF) and is affiliated with members of the international breast health community, as its radiological images are read by a UK-based radiologist. -United.
Pink Hibiscus Breast Imaging Specialist Jyoti Deonarine, RR spoke with Loop news about her work, advocacy and passion for women’s breast health.
“If you had asked me on your way to high school, I would have said, ‘Radiology? What is that?’ She laughed, explaining how she fell into the field that ultimately led to her career in mammography and breast health.
“[Radiology] correlated with my hobby, which is photography, ”she said, referring to the practice as“ the eyes of medicine ”. “It’s the same thing [as photography]except that you can see inside people, so you have to be meticulous in capturing anatomy correctly.
Deonarine learned of the great demand for the estate and, after dropping out of high school, decided to give it a shot. She graduated from the first cohort of COSTAATT’s undergraduate radiology program and realized how much she really liked the curriculum. “The land found me,” she said.
After completing her studies locally, Deonarine traveled to the United States to major in mammography at the Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI), where she also obtained a certificate in breast ultrasound.
Since his return, Deonarine has accumulated a wealth of experience; she is celebrating her seventh year at Pink Hibiscus.
She assured potential patients of the capabilities of the technology and of her own commitment to making the exam run as smoothly as possible. “I have a golden rule that [is to] ensuring that every woman has a painless mammogram, ”she said.
“Everyone thinks a mammogram is supposed to hurt,” Deonarine explained. “With my job and the equipment I work with I make sure that this is not the experience you get. [so] if you get a bad result, you won’t have been worried from the start.
Deonarine’s passion for the estate has only intensified over the years; she finds her job incredibly rewarding, not only for the opportunity to work with the latest technology, but also for its impact on women and their health, and the privilege of guiding them through an important process.
“The best part is you are helping a woman know her breast cancer status,” she shared. This knowledge is the first step in ensuring that breast health receives adequate attention, which, in the event of a cancer diagnosis, can set a patient on the path to early treatment and recovery.
Deonarine warned women who use COVID-19 as an excuse to delay their annual breast exams, explaining that many patients have decided to avoid contact with medical centers during the pandemic. She urged these women to prioritize their breast health, assuring them that knowing their health, despite the pandemic, is still crucial.
“Breast cancer does not know COVID,” she said, stressing the importance of early diagnosis. “There is no barrier that will protect you. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late.
She reassured that the organization takes its health measures seriously, explaining that the clinic had imposed the wearing of the mask before it was mandatory. Patients can also wait in their vehicles instead of being in the waiting room to wait for their exams to ensure minimum contact. A prequalification process, along with the risk assessment step, is part of the simple process that can be done over the phone.
Deonarine suggested that patients attend their screenings with a partner for moral support, adding that groups of friends can get girls checked every year.
“Our Caribbean people are sensitive to [breast cancer] and our ladies need to become more empowered to get their screenings, ”she said, citing the statistic that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
The specialist explained that it is a common belief that breast health exams are for women 40 and older. “We have seen younger women being diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said. “Being aware of the breast begins when [a girl] starts to see her period. It’s not about family history anymore, ”added Deonarine, shattering the common myth.
Deonarine also shared that Pink Hibiscus is no stranger to outreach programs, honoring invitations to speak at events throughout the year.