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Partnership brings more awareness


Partnership brings more awareness

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SINCE THE breast cancer awareness partnership between concrete mixer Cemix and the Barbados Cancer Society (BCS) started, over 130 women have been screened for breast cancer.

And of them, 20 were referred for mammograms.

These statistics were revealed by marketing coordinator with BESS Mining Inc. (parent company of Cemix), Alicia Griffith, who was speaking before the handing over of a donation cheque to members of the BCS’ breast screening programme on Saturday.

She said she believed the partnership between the two entities had helped to raise awareness about the breast screening programme.

“Not counting (Saturday’s) screening, we have done over 130 screenings, 20 of them getting referred for mammograms,” Griffith said.

“Out of them we don’t know how many of them have had early detection, but I’m sure that having four trucks with a big pink ribbon driving around the island for the past ten months did help with that top-of-the-mind awareness,” she said.

Griffith added the company had hosted five breast screening clinics around the island and the response to them had “been fantastic”.

The drive netted $37 593 in donations which was received by committee member Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand, on behalf of the Breast Screening Programme. (HLE)