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Breast Cancer Awareness with Prof. Jacqueline Smilg – Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Professor Jacqueline Smilg,  who is a Diagnostic Radiologist. She is the Head of Breast Imaging at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Radiology, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Witwatersrand. She is  the current Chair of the Breast Imaging Society of South Africa and serves on the Council of the Breast Interest Group of Southern Africa.

October is breast cancer awareness month and today’s conversation focusses on breast cancer, which is one of the top five cancers affecting women. We discuss risk factors such as genetics, hormones, age, tissue structure and unhealthy lifestyle practices. Early detection of breast cancer is important and Prof. Smilg walks us through self-check processes and diagnostic screening methods like mammograms. We also discuss different types of treatments and improving survival outcomes. For more information see:

Prof. Smilg shares her passion for radiology and its diagnostic application across medical disciplines, where imaging modalities assist diagnoses.  She notes how gender transformation has progressed in the medical arena and comments on the sector’s achievement to close gender pay gaps. Tune in for more…

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