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Battling breast cancer


Luigi Marshall

Battling breast cancer

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The Barbados Cancer Society Breast Screening Programme is front and centre at Cave Shepherd this week to raise money for breast cancer screening and treatment.
And yesterday being its celebrity day, it had help from volunteers such as Dame Billie Miller, Member of Parliament Cynthia Forde, Minister of Labour and Social Security Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, Miss Barbados World Taisha Carrington, STARCOM DJ Kevin KB Kleen Hinds and more.
Volunteer and Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand said that this week was the Breast Screening Programme’s major fund-raising drive and would help the Barbados Cancer Society maintain a reasonable price for mammograms and other services.
However, in addition to raising funds, the volunteers were also raising the public’s consciousness  by letting people know where they could get screened and also by letting them know how they could perform self checks.
To raise awareness was why Minister Byer-Suckoo was glad to help.
“This can save lives. When you do this, more people become aware of their breast health, they become aware that breast cancer can be caught early [and you can] increase the chances of survival,” Byer-Suckoo said.
“I believe the more people [know], the more people who examine their breasts themselves, the more men who do it as well and who encourage their ladies, their mothers their aunts, whoever to do it, we stand a better chance of having more survivors and losing less people to breast cancer.”
 
 

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