Breast, health screening scheduled for August 5

Vinyard building

 PHILIPSBURG– Breast abnormalities and health screening will continue next week Saturday at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg at the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) office from 9:00am to 2:30pm, announced CPS on Thursday. The screening’s target audience is women 18 years and older. CPS is a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA and is one of three stakeholders, along with Positive Foundation and American University of the Caribbean (AUC). The latter is lead research agency. To participate in the free screening activity, make an appointment by calling 545-2298 extension 404-2242 or email or

  Breast screenings will be carried out by an AUC physician and health screenings by AUC medical students, and include height, weight, vision, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure measurements. There will also be an educational lecture on risk factors and a clinical presentation about breast cancer.

  Breast abnormalities represent a large spectrum of disorders, including benign, congenital, hormonal and malignancies such as breast cancer. The purpose of this study is to screen for risk factors and to estimate prevalence of breast abnormalities in the patient population of St. 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 40-49 years. Clinical breast examinations followed by imaging studies such as mammography and ultrasound remain the mainstay of screening for breast cancer.

  The purpose of the study is to gain insight into the types of breast abnormalities and risk factors in women 18 and older, with no age cap on the island.

Source: The Daily Herald