Editorial for 18 October: Be aware of breast cancer

Breast cancer awareness is in full swing in the Cayman Islands and throughout the world as even the manliest of men don pink.

We’re seeing American football players wear pink shoes and sport pink towels.

On Saturday night the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, was awash in pink as men and women gave up their night to help a good cause.

The Breast Cancer Gala Dinner drew hundreds and turn out was so good the organisers were still trying to figure out how much money the event raised at press time Monday.

Each year during the month of October we turn our attention to breast cancer and the ongoing search for a cure.

The money raised at the gala each year is used on grants for local organisations and for people with breast cancer, as well as to fund the Breast Cancer Registry.

If you or a family member have suffered from breast cancer in the past, please get in contact with someone at the registry by calling 949-4822.

Breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s disease. Men can also get breast cancer; it’s happened right here in the Cayman Islands.

So both men and women should be performing self checks in seeking out lumps. And just because you find a lump doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer.

But it does mean you need to get a mammogram. There are excellent facilities in the Cayman Islands where these can be done. If you are looking for a doctor for breast health, contact the telephone number above and ask for direction.

No one wants to see a diagnosis of breast cancer; not for you, your mother, your sister, your daughter, your dad, your son or your brother.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2010.

So if you are asked to participate in a breast cancer awareness fundraising event or make a donation, please do.


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