GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Saturday, June 24, is the second breast abnormalities screening survey for women.
It is being held at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg at the Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA).
Breast abnormalities represent a large spectrum of disorders including benign, congenital, hormonal and malignancies such as breast cancer.
Breast cancer death rates have been declining due to earlier detection and better treatment.
The purpose of this study is to screen for risk factors as well as estimate prevalence of breast abnormalities in the patient population of Sint Maarten.
Major risk factors for breast cancer in women are age, genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalance. Breast density is also a significant factor, especially in women 40 to 49 years of age.
The purpose of the study is to gain insight into the types of breast abnormalities and risk factors in women 18 and above with no age cap in Sint Maarten.
CPS is one of three stakeholders which includes the Positive Foundation, and the American University of the Caribbean (AUC), the latter, is lead research agency.
The screenings will be carried out every Saturday or Sunday and the target audience are women 18+ years of age. The screening is carried out between 9.00am to 3.00pm.
For additional information you can call CPS at 542-3003 or 542-2078.