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Death every week from breast cancer

Death every week from breast cancer
06 Dec

Despite the strides made in educating Barbadians about breast cancer, approximately 52 women in Barbados are losing the battle against the disease every year.

Medical coordinator with the breast screening programme, Dr. Shirley Hanoman-Jhagroo says this equates to one death per week from the disease.

The breast screening programme of the Barbados Cancer Society continues to play its part in the fight with over 90 thousand women having passed through its clinic to date.

According to Dr Jhagroo, the number of new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Barbados follows the global pattern of increasing in numbers yearly.

Dr Jhagroo was speaking during a donation ceremony as $214,000.00 raised through the 6th CIBC First Caribbean regional walk for the cure was presented to the Barbados Cancer Society's breast screening unit.

The event, heralded as the largest fundraising walk saw an estimated 18,000 participants take part in the Barbados leg and thousands more across the region.

This year however, the organisers fell short of the regional target, with just under US$450,000.00 raised.

Trustee with First Caribbean International, Comtrust Foundation, and co-chair of Walk for the Cure, Mark St Hill says this is due in part to the impact caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria across the region.

Cancer survivor, Natalie Manning shared her story as she battles with stage two breast cancer.

She says during a normal routine normal checkup, she was diagnosed with a tumor in one of her breasts.

It was not an easy road after the diagnosis.