“Breast Cancer” no longer an ‘Old Woman’s’ disease, Seek Mammograms now!

Young women should get mammograms and test early for breast cancer, even those under the age of 45, since such incidences are on the rise in Barbados.

News of this comes from Dr. Shirley Hanoman-Jhagroo (Centre), Medical Co-ordinator at the Barbados Cancer Society's (BCS) Breast Screening Programme, who also revealed that breast cancer unfortunately remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the number one cause of death from cancer among Barbadian women.

News of this comes from Dr. Shirley Hanoman-Jhagroo (Centre), Medical Co-ordinator at the Barbados Cancer Society’s (BCS) Breast Screening Programme, who also revealed that breast cancer unfortunately remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the number one cause of death from cancer among Barbadian women.

“Nothing to be alarmed about, as this corresponds to global findings. Globally, it has been found that the most common cancer in women is breast, and it also has the most common mortality. The incidence rates, however, has been increasing. Despite this, the mortality has remained the same.”

According to Dr. Jhagroo, the total number of patients attending the Early Detection Clinic at the Breast Screening Programme has increased over the years, and has now reached 6,000 to 7,000 annually.

She said in the Programme’s 13 years, approximately 70,000 mammograms were performed. Last year alone, there were 6,800.

The fee for a mammogram has remained as low as $80, making it affordable to all, and this was one of the objectives of the Breast Screening Programme, she insisted.

The fee for a mammogram has remained as low as $80, making it affordable to all, and this was one of the objectives of the Breast Screening Programme, she insisted.

Dr. Jhagroo was addressing a press conference officially launching the BCS Breast Screening Programme CIBC FirstCaribbean “®Walk for the Cure” 2015, held at Bougainvillea Beach Resort… The national walk/run for breast cancer awareness takes place on October 4th, 2015, starting this year from Warrens by the D’Arcy Scott Roundabout.

Dr Jhagroo added – “Among the efforts the money raised this year will go towards includes subsidising the cost of mammograms, so we are able to keep it at that rate, as well as biopsies. The biopsies rates have increased, and we have had to subsidise the biopsies, but thank God our surgeons have remained faithful to the programme, and have refused payment; this is what has kept the cost down. The biopsies have increased tremendously.”

Head of Corporate Communications at CIBC FirstCaribbean, Debra King, stressed that “®Walk for the Cure” is more than just a fundraiser… (REST OF STORY CAN BE FOUND CLICKING HERE, DATA COURTESY: B’dos Advocate)

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