The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens kicked off its annual breast cancer awareness campaign this month.
The club held a church service at Agape Church on 2 October, followed by an opening ceremony at Camana Bay the following day.
Deputy premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly and Miss Teen Cayman Islands Brooke Parchment cut the ribbon at the opening and they, along with members of the audience, were invited to pin a symbolic pink ribbon in remembrance of all those affected by breast cancer.
This year’s campaign has the theme “Education, the Road to Wellness” and aims to enlighten women and men about breast cancer throughout Grand Cayman. This is the 14th year the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens has held its awareness campaign.
On Thursday, 6 October, the club held its annual breast cancer awareness meeting at the Bodden Town Primary School hall.
Dr. Lyn Dawber of the International Medical Group at Pasadora Place was the guest presenter for the evening, during which she outlined the anatomy of the breast and explained the changes that occur if the breast becomes cancerous.
“Women can get cancer at any age, so it is important that all become proactive and get tested regardless of family history and any other misconceptions,” Dr. Dawber said.
She said, “Mammography is still the best procedure for assessing the breast since it is capable of finding even the smallest tumours.”
She encouraged women to also practise breast self examinations at home, beginning 10 days after their periods start as self examinations help women to be alert to small changes that may indicate the onset of cancer.
During the meeting, the club handed out 25 mammogram vouchers.
The Breast Cancer Awareness meetings will continue in all districts throughout October. The next meetings will be on Tuesday, 18 October, at East End United Church Hall; on Thursday, 20 October, at North Side United Church Hall; and on Thursday, 27 October, at Mary Miller Hall in George Town. All meetings start at 7.30pm.