Bethsaida de la Cruz – an Admirable Patient on Breast Health
This is Bethsaida de la Cruz, one of my admirable patients.
Bethsaida de la Cruz, from Nasugbu, Batangas, has been seeing me for the past 11 years and 3 months for breast check. In February, 2001, when she was 55 years old then, she was told to have a breast operation. She consulted me for a second opinion. I told her she just had a fibrocystic breast condition and that she did not need an operation. I advised her monitoring and check-up. Since then, she has been doing monthly breast self-examination as I taught her and she has been seeing me every 3 months without fail to have her breast self-examination findings checked by me. Despite the fact that I told her she could see me for a breast check at a longer interval, as she lives in Nasugbu, she would still insist on the 3-month interval. Since she has to come all the way from Batangas, I decided to give her my cellphone number and advised her to call me a day before coming to make sure I am around when she comes for check-up. I have not done any mammography or ultrasound, just physical examination of her breasts for the past 11 years. I last saw her on August 31, 2012 and she had no evidence of breast disorder or disease. Bethsaida is now 67 years old. An admirable patient of mine indeed.