InMode and Paula Abdul Support Breast Cancer Awareness

InMode and Paula Abdul Support Breast CancerOctober is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign organized to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer, one of the most common cancers found in American women. The campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31. This year, InMode, a prominent medical technology company and its brand ambassador, Paula Abdul, International Pop icon, have come together in support of Breast Cancer Awareness with #INMODEBCA.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness month is observed with the aim to reduce these numbers.

InMode is a leading global provider of innovative, energy-based solutions that offer cutting edge medical devices for minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures. They provide amazing results for the patient and the practice. InMode’s technological advancements began over two decades ago with state-of-the-art light, laser, and radiofrequency devices invented by leading doctors and scientists, who essentially launched and shaped the industry. Their technology continues that legacy to provide superior satisfaction for both the patient and the practice. This year, InMode along with Paula Abdul have come forward to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Paula Abdul has joined InMode as their brand ambassador to share her positive experience with the Company’s BodyTite, FaceTite and Morpheus8 technologies. Plastic surgeon Spero Theodorou, MD of bodySCULPT in NYC, who is also InMode’s Chief Medical Officer, notes that Paula is an excellent choice as InMode’s brand ambassador.

In 2014, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Paula along with a women’s foundation launched a powerful new call to action – #CheckYourself – that features the release of a new music video created and led by her. It is a global movement that aims to raise awareness and start conversations about how women and men can take action for their own breast health through screening, detection and treatment.

According to Paula Abdul OFFICIAL FAN SITE, she said, “Singing and dancing are my passions. I am thrilled and inspired to have had the opportunity to apply these passions to create a new music video in support of the breast cancer awareness cause, and the new global #CheckYourself for Breast Cancer campaign is very personal for me.” She also shares that her sister Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and as a breast cancer survivor and champion for the cause, she inspires Paula every day.

Early detection of breast cancer is important to avoid further complications. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, “when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 98%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.”

March 8-14, 2015 is Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness WeekPatient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is a yearly education and awareness campaign to promote health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). This year, PASW takes place from March 8-14 with the theme "United in Safety". The goal is to keep patients and those who care for them free from harm. Providers and their staff, patients, families, members of the community and corporate solutions providers are joining hands to ensure patient engagement. Enhanced communication is possible only when the patient is well-informed, which in turn, leads to safer care.

This year, NPSF has teamed up with expert organizations in the sector to build and distribute educational materials for clinicians, health systems, and patients and consumers. The idea regarding the patient safety is applicable to all areas of health care including plastic surgery. Even though plastic surgeons perform thousands of successful operations and there are technologies that reduce the risk, no surgery is without risks. As cosmetic surgery is elective, you have the distinctive opportunity to consider risks before making your decision to have a procedure.

When it comes to plastic surgery, accredited bodies have put down rules and guidelines for the safety standards to be met by the surgeons and the surgical facility. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities has established regulations to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in ambulatory surgery facilities while assuring high standards for patient care and safety in an accredited facility. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) works in cooperation with 24 specialty Member Boards to maintain the standards for physician certification. Patients are advised to consult a certified surgeon and choose an accredited practice to be confident about safety and improved outcome.

Poor general health, smoking, obesity, certain medication or drugs (taken at present or in the past) and age are all factors that can increase surgical risks. As we observe PSAW, here are some safety tips for patients:

  • Find a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. Discuss your goals with the surgeon to get a realistic understanding of what can be achieved.
  • Tell your surgeon about any medical conditions and allergies you have. Also, mention any prior problems you have had with surgery or anesthesia.
  • Once you are cleared for the treatment, follow your surgeon’s instructions on taking medications, food, energy drinks and other such items. Avoid smoking.
  • You need to have an open discussion with your surgeon to fully understand what the procedure involves, including the benefits and risks. A good surgeon will help you take an informed decision.

Health care organizations and providers across the globe are observing Patient Safety Awareness Week. To know more, visit http://www.npsf.org/?page=awarenessweek