The breast centre at the EMEK Medical Center is in the North of Israel in Afula, a rural area that has a very diverse ethnic and religious mix.
There are Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druse, Circassians and immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. All sectors of the population are involved as either patients or in providing care. In addition to taking care of people, the hospital seeks to improve understanding between cultures and religions, acting as a peace broker.
Since completion of the breast centre, there have been enough treatment rooms available. To reduce the mortality rate for breast diseases, early detection and treatment is crucial. This is now possible thanks to the acquisition of a Digital Tomosynthesis (DT) device, whose high-resolution images can reveal even small tumours in the early stages. The time gained can save lives.