THERE is a need to improve access to mammogram services.
Particularly following the Ministry of Health's confirmation of the absence of mammogram machines in health centres around the country.
Mammograms are X-rays of the breasts that detect the presence of cancerous tissues in the breasts. This can be done for women and men.
These mammograms, according to the ministry, are only available at divisional hospitals where its use is free of charge.
At some private practices, however, including the Suva Private Hospital, people will need to pay for that service.
Mammograms can be done free at the CWM Hospital, Labasa Hospital and at the Lautoka Hospital.
"Women should follow the daily routine of examining their breasts and any abnormalities should be brought to the attention of their nearest doctor," said the deputy secretary hospital services, Dr Meciusela Tuicakau.
"A mammogram, if recommended by doctors, in hospital/public facilities is free of charge but the ones who go through general practitioners/private doctors will need to pay," he said.
* Invented in 1913, a mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts
* A mammogram is important for the early
detection of cancerous tissues in the breasts
* Women and men can get mammograms as it detects cancers in both sexes
* While mammograms at divisional hospitals are free of charge, mammograms at the Suva Private Hospital cost between $77-$120
Source: Dr Tukaha Mua/Ministry of Health