Last breast and health screening on Saturday | THE DAILY HERALD

Minister Emil Lee with stakeholders at the November 3 breast health screening session.

PHILIPSBURG–The Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) with partners American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine and Positive Foundation, are reminding women aged 18 and above that this week’s breast and health screening session on Saturday, November 10, will be the last one.

The breast and health screening session will take place at the Vineyard Office Park Building, in Philipsburg from 8:30am to 3:00pm. On Saturday, November 3, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Emil Lee visited the screening session. The Minister said the teams of CPS, AUC and Positive Foundation have a professional set-up here at the Vineyard Building for the screenings.

“The amount of knowledge and information being shared is impressive. Together we want to create more awareness within the community and especially women about their health and in this case, identify breast abnormalities as early as possible,” Lee was quoted as saying in a press release on Thursday.

“Prevention is better than cure and I am urging our women in the community to take part in the free screening,” Lee added.

The breast screenings will be carried out by an AUC physician and health screenings by AUC students.

The screening will also include gathering participants’ height/weight, blood pressure, blood glucose and blood cholesterol.

In June 2017, the three partners started a breast abnormalities screening study with the aim to screen up to 500 women in a period of one year with the possibility to extend for another year to reach the target number. The purpose of the study is to identify breast abnormalities that can be risk factors for diseases of the breast as early as possible and to refer for further diagnosis and treatment.

Source: The Daily Herald