QOL improvement (Contribution to health and wellness)

Ensure a healthy life for all people

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Gunze would like to improve breast cancer patients’ clinical outcome!

Breast cancer involves malignant tumors that form within the breasts and is increasing year by year in Japan. It’s projected that as many as 92,200 Japanese women had breast cancer in 2019*.
If you have breast cancer, surgeries include mastectomies, to remove the entire breast, and breast-conserving surgeries, to partially remove the breast. Many patients have various problems, such as difficulty in maintaining their balanceand tingling of mastectomy surgical scars. Gunze remains committed to improving patients’ clinical outcome in collaboration with the QOL Research Center, Medical Department, and Apparel Department.

  • * Source: Cancer Statistics Forecast in 2019 by National Cancer Center.
Develop medical devices for breast reconstruction
Medical U & A

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Medical U & A imports medical devices for breast reconstruction using the patient's own fat. Instead of artificial objects such as silicone implants, the fat from the patient's thighs and abdomen is taken, processed for injection, and recreated on the excised side to resemble a healthy breast. Unlike artificial reconstruction, the patients can regain a warm, living breast.

Develop a breast reconstruction substrate to replace self-tissue
QOL Research Center / Medical Department

QOL Research Center Ms. Saki Okumura (left),Ms. Yuki Kato (right) QOL Research Center Ms. Saki Okumura (left),Ms. Yuki Kato (right) QOL Research Center
Ms. Saki Okumura (left),Ms. Yuki Kato (right)

Gunze utilizes tissue engineering technology cultivated over many years to combine material technology, which promotes tissue regeneration, bioabsorbable polymer processing technology, and the cutting-edge technology in medical universities.
Gunze remains committed to research and development dedicated to regaining the patient's own resected breast .

Develop an underwear that cares for sensitive skin after surgery
QOL Research Center / Apparel Department

QOL Research Center Mr. Susumu Ueshima (right), Ms. Asami Miyake (middle), Apparel Department Ms. Riyo Yanai (left) QOL Research Center Mr. Susumu Ueshima (right), Ms. Asami Miyake (middle), Apparel Department Ms. Riyo Yanai (left) QOL Research Center Mr. Susumu Ueshima (right), Ms. Asami Miyake (middle), Apparel Department Ms. Riyo Yanai (left)

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I learned that many people are suffering from skin problems after getting breast cancer surgery. As a result, I decided to develop various products under the brand "MediCure" using skin-friendly materials in the hopes that patients can feel more comfortable during medical treatment. These products are developed using opinions from nurses and patients. Our desire is to develop underwear that cares for the skin and the heart.

Gentle on the skin with no seams Remove  product tags and prevent skin irritation Gentle on the skin with no seams Remove  product tags and prevent skin irritation

Holding a breast cancer screening campaign
Corporate Communication Department, QOL Research Center, Apparel Department

Holding a breast cancer screening campaign Holding a breast cancer screening campaign

Gunze held a "Let's go! Breast cancer screening" campaign in Kyoto and Osaka in October 2019, based on the “Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement” with Kyoto and Osaka prefectures. The reason is that the breast cancer screening rate is low in both Kyoto and Osaka, compared to other prefectures. Gunze prepared a "breast cancer palpation model" at the venue and the participants experienced the feeling of lumps in the breast there. Gunze also prepared "MediCure" products that care for skin irritation after surgery.