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Breast cancer treatment in South Korea

There are multiple medical centers in South Korea treating women (and men) with breast cancer. Yonsei Severance Hospital, Ajou University Hospital and Samsung Medical Center are among the medical institutions posting the highest survival rate for breast oncology in Asia.

Here you will find a table with price information about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and surgery in South Korea:

Procedure Pre surgery test (out-patient)
Time 1 day
Price $ 3,000 – $ 4,500 **
Procedure Pre surgery tests (in-patient)
Time 1 day
Price $ 500 **
Procedure Surgery (in-patient)
Time 1 day
Price $ 7,000 – $ 8,000 **
Procedure Recovery (in-patient)
Time 4 day
Price $ 3,000 – $ 4,500 ** (single bedroom)
Procedure Recovery and tests (out-patient)
Time 7 day
Price $ 500 **
Total price $ 14,000 – $ 18,000 **
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** Time and prices are estimations and can vary. The healthcare provider assesses every case and determines the treatment process.

Breast cancer treatment in South Korea: Insights

Breast cancer should be a topic of concern for everybody. In fact, statistics show that just behind lung cancer, breast cancer is the second cause of cancer death for women. Moreover, studies show that women have 3% chance to die because of breast cancer. Although the incidence rates have decreased over the last 10 years, it is still a major problem for our society.

Since 1996, with the creation of the Korean Breast Cancer Society, South Korea has taken big steps to fight against breast cancer. This disease, over the last decades, has become the second most common type of cancer among local women.

South Korean hospitals and government organizations have put emphasis to developing specialized centers. Those centers offer world-class medical attention for local and foreign patients.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer happens when the cells in the breast area start to grow without control forming a tumor. A lump under the skin sometimes can be felt, but in many occasions only x-ray tests can detect it. The tumor is malignant when it spreads to nearby tissues or other areas of the body (metastasize). The majority of these cases begin in the ducts connected to the nipples or in the glands that produce breast milk. Nevertheless, those are not the only types.

It is important to clarify that not all the lumps in the breast can be considered as cancer. Quite the contrary, most lumps can be denominated as abnormal growths and are benign, meaning: they are not life threatening.

Why to have a breast medical screening once a year?

Although one of the breast cancer symptoms is a lump in the area, not all types of breast cancer present it. There are other symptoms that can pass undetected unless the person goes through a medical screening at a healthcare provider. Also, despite many lumps are benign, it is recommendable to have them check because the can increase the risk of breast cancer.

A one-stop medical test (mammogram) can be the difference for many women. The survival rate for breast cancer when detected on the first stages goes over 90% and reduces as time and the disease progresses.

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