Fewer women getting breast cancer checks

The Barbados Cancer Society’s Breast Screening Programme is reporting a decline in the number of women being diagnosed with breast cancer over the last three years.

Medical Coordinator with the programme, Dr Shirley Hanoman-Jhagroo has attributed that, in part, to the current economic situation which has caused some women to focus on other priorities rather than their health.

Speaking at the launch of the 2017 CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s Walk for the Cure at Sugar Bay Hotel, Dr Jhagroo said: “In June 2016, we had 59 new cases diagnosed; in 2013 it was 28; and between June 2016 and June 2017, we saw 28 new positive cases, because we had fewer people attending our clinic.”

She noted that the funds raised through the walk last year were used to purchase equipment which has made the reporting and recording of mammogram results more efficient.

This year, however, they will be assisting women who are finding it hard to meet the costs associated with the mammograms.

“We will subsidize mammograms and breast biopsies for early detection. We have done this in the past, but because of the present economic situation more people have put their financial priorities elsewhere, so we are going to help them with that.”

Meanwhile, Treasurer at CIBC FirstCaribbean, Krystle Maynard, who is also the bank’s Walk Manager for Barbados, said this year the bank expected to surpass the numbers it recorded in 2016.

“Our target for 2016 in Barbados was $100,000, and we were able to present a cheque [for] $233,000 to the Barbados Cancer Society. So far this year, our fundraising efforts have raised $130,000, and we still have more time to go. We had 10,000 people walking last year and expect a greater turnout this year as well,” she said.

Office Manager for the Breast Screening Programme at the Cancer Society, Monique Hinds, outlined some of the activities that will take place during October, which is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“This year, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will be emphasizing breast cancer awareness in its Q in the Community shows during the month; and on October 14, the Girl Guides along with the Barbados Defence Force will be going through Bridgetown collecting funds as well as distributing information. Between October 8 and 14, our volunteers will be at supermarkets, malls and other public places distributing pink ribbons and collecting donations.”

The Breast Screening Programme is celebrating 15 years of existence, and in that time it has performed mammograms on about 75,000 women.

This year’s Walk for the Cure takes place on October 1 at 3 p.m., and will comprise three events. There will be a 10K run from the bank’s Warrens headquarters to the Norman Niles Roundabout and back, finishing between Sol, Warrens and Chefette,Warrens. A 5K run and 5K walk will go from Warrens, through Husbands and Clermont, and finish between the Sol gas station and Chefette’s Warrens branch.

After show entertainment will feature performances from a number of leading entertainers, including ShaquilleTC and Red Plastic Bag.

Source: By David Hinkson

15 Responses to Fewer women getting breast cancer checks

  1. Janel Howell
    Janel Howell September 2, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Ladies please please please. Get the Breast cancer checks

  2. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms September 2, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Reduce the price women who are unemploy or income is small can’t afford to pay for a mammogram.

    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow September 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Get your priorities in order and don’t mention price..forget the false nails and false Remy hair….save ya life

    • Margaret Thorpe
      Margaret Thorpe September 2, 2017 at 10:55 am

      I agree with Michael Crichlow. People have to get priorities in order. That’s the truth. We know things are hard but people leave out important things and pay hundreds on fetes. I have seen it myself.

    • Angel Blossoms
      Angel Blossoms September 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Michael Crichlow I’m speaking for the desperately poor stop judging. Why don’t the cancer society have a day where those who can’t afford to pay get a mammogram done free and ask for sponsorship in aid of the cause.You can sit on your ass and type about Remy and nails but you don’t know every women’s story. I personal know of women who are working and can’t make ends meet because of they salaries.

    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow September 2, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Seth St John bollocks! You missed the gist of my statement , and now has becomed a Court Jester in your attempts to berate me….life or death in that playbook of life seeks no equal ,debate, or clarity of priorities

    • Joy Wharton
      Joy Wharton September 2, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      How about requesting a payment plan? Mammograms are expensive period ! Most importantly do a self check

    • Kathyann Best
      Kathyann Best September 2, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Everybody don’t fete or buy hair and nails! Stop putting everyone in the same bracket! Seth St John is right!

  3. Cordelia Prescott
    Cordelia Prescott September 2, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Ladies..GET CHECK!!!!!

  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes September 2, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Do the self check too. Most are found that way.

  5. Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
    Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa September 2, 2017 at 11:51 am

    So much for the walks…. I’m pretty sure the turnouts are high so this is….unexpected news.

  6. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith September 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Read an article just yesterday stating that mammograms are unreliable and hazardous

    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor September 2, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks for sharing your findings and I agree the inventor of the machine isn’t recommending it’s use anymore. We are very slow at keeping updated on new findings.Self check don’t” crabmash ” your breasts on that machine

  7. Ria Cassandra
    Ria Cassandra September 2, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    At what age do you start getting checked?

  8. Evelin Dowridge September 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Where can I do to get a free mammogram?


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