It was a packed house at the John Gray Memorial Church Hall last week for an information session on breast cancer.
The meeting on Oct. 24 was one of numerous events scheduled around the Cayman Islands during October, designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, spearheaded by the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens.
According to a press release, more than 200 people attended the meeting, which addressed a number of issues related to breast cancer prevention and treatment.
Dr. Michelle Mon Desir spoke about the importance of early detection and encouraged the audience to take advantage of the educational and screening programs funded by the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, the release states. Mammogram vouchers were distributed by the Lions to qualifying participants.
“The current recommendation is that women over the age of 40 should have [a] routine mammogram screening every two years, unless otherwise directed by their medical professionals,” states the release.
“It is also important for women to conduct self-checks, thereby becoming familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and better able to report any changes to a healthcare provider right away.”
According to the release, screening helps to find the cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable.
“It is also important to note that men can develop breast cancer and therefore the awareness campaign is not limited to women,” said Lions breast cancer awareness chairman Norma McField.
“The Lions Club encourages all members of the community to attend its awareness meetings and clinics, whether to gain information for themselves, or to support a loved one, as knowledge is power.”
The release adds that October 2016 marks an important anniversary in the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens’ calendar as it is the 20th year that the club has been raising awareness and promoting breast health to both men and women in the Cayman Islands.
“The Club remains committed to this important area and is extremely grateful to the Caymanian community for its unwavering support over the last 20 years,” said Lion President Maureen Robinson.
“The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens intends to increase its impact, with the community’s continued support, for many more years to come.”