The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is hosting a campaign launch at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, to bring cancer awareness to the forefront in the community.
The campaign coincides with October’s designation as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“The goal is to reach all women in the Cayman island, as we know breast cancer does not discriminate. It affects men as well as women,” said Norma McField, chairwoman of the cancer awareness committee.
She said the club is encouraging mammogram screenings, which are recommended for women over age 40.
At the event at The Crescent in Camana Bay, ribbons, pins, T-shirts, calendars and other items will be for sale.
The campaign will include bringing information to residents about cancer and promoting the concept of early detection. Everyone is encouraged to support the cause by wearing a shade of pink.
“The breast cancer awareness campaign continues to have a positive impact on lives in the Cayman Islands,” said Ms. McField. “Each year, the club spends between $30,000 and $50,000 on mammograms at the various labs and hospitals.”
Throughout the month, educational public meetings about breast cancer will be held in each district.
Mammogram vouchers, sponsored by the Lions Club, will be presented to women who attend the district awareness meetings if they are over 40 and have not had a mammogram in the past two years.
The first breast cancer awareness meeting will be in West Bay on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the John Gray United Church Hall at 7:30 p.m. The presenter will be Dr. Michelle Mon Désir.
For more information, visit www.lctgbreastcancerawareness.com.