Members of the Sensus Free Mammogram Programme presented the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) with 75 gift vouchers to assist women in the Virgin Islands with mammogram testing.
Mike and Lisa Adamson, who are the founders of the programme, presented the gift vouchers totaling over $15,000 to the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Darlene Carty Baptiste and the Director of Community Health Services Ms. Lucy Martin.
The Free Mammogram programme which was started in 2007 by the Natures Little Secret Cycling Club and later adopted by the Sensus Health Club in 2010 has helped nearly 600 women to-date.
According to Mike Adamson “Last year we helped 40 women in the community and we are over joyed to assist 75 women this year. We sincerely thank everyone that continues to support this worthy cause by attending the Sensus Health Club’s Colour Me Pink 5K Run.”
When accepting the gift vouchers, Mrs. Carty Baptiste stated, “The BVIHSA is very grateful for this donation that will help women in our community. Additionally, the BVIHSA is currently developing a breast screening and early detection programme that will benefit the community greatly in the coming months.”
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. A mammogram allows the doctor to have a closer look for changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam. It is used for women who have no breast complaints and for women who have breast symptoms, such as a change in the shape or size of a breast, a lump, nipple discharge, or pain.
Persons interested in obtaining a mammogram gift voucher can contact any Community Health Centre throughout the Territory or the Mental Health Unit located in the old Peebles Hospital.
Women’s Care at Peebles hospital offers the full spectrum of women’s health care services, including yearly checkups, mammograms, prenatal care and advanced gynecologic surgeries.