Members of the Sensus Free Mammogram Programme presented the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) with 40 gift vouchers to assist women in the Virgin Islands with mammogram testing.
Last week the founders of the Sensus Free Mammogram Programme, Mike and Lisa Adamson, presented the gift vouchers totaling over $10,000 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 over 500 women to-date.
According to Mike Adamson “We feel that this is a vitally important programme and we know of several ladies who have benefited from the program by having breast cancer detected and treated because they received one of our free vouchers.
Breast cancer affects not only the individual women but the whole family and has a devastating impact on the family unit. It’s amazing to know that we are really helping save lives and making a difference because of the program.”
When accepting the gift vouchers, the Director of Community Health Services, Ms. Lucy Martin stated, “This program is an outstanding way to make a difference in the community and because of its existence the lives of many women have been saved. A mammogram plus a clinical breast exam, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early greatly improves a woman’s chances for successful treatment.”
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 one of the mammogram gift vouchers are kindly asked to call Lucy Martin at 852-7627 at 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.