Government of Sint Maarten ** Breast Abnormalities Screening Project to be held September 17th 2022 **

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor in collaboration with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and the Positive Foundation is pleased to announce the return of our breast abnormalities screening program for women.

This initiative started in 2017, to educate the community about breast abnormalities, while empowering women to use key strategies to proactively monitor their health. The program experienced great success prior to COVID-19 and the organizers are excited to relaunch these health screenings with the community’s support. The first event is scheduled to be held on September 17th, plus multiple events will follow in October and November of this year.

The program will provide free health screenings along with educational information about the symptoms of breast cancer and risk factors that may cause the development of breast cancer. Screenings also include a clinical breast examination by Dr. Naira Chobanyan, Professor of Clinical Medicine at AUC, and a clinical oncology expert.

“I would like to encourage the women in our community to come out to the breast abnormalities screening program, as screening is done to detect breast cancer early. Breast cancer affects millions of people and their loved ones yearly and is the second most common type of cancer in women. Breast cancer does not discriminate, know your status and learn what signs to look for, it can save your life”. Said Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley.

In photo from left to right:
Department of Public Health policy advisor Sharine Duncan, Section Head Youth Healthcare CPS Dr. Daphne Illis, Department Head CPS Mrs. Eva Lista-de Weever, Elektralyets Foundation President Mercedes “Elektra” van der Waals Wyatt, Minister VSA Omar Ottley, Section Head of General Healthcare Maria Henry, Professor of Clinical Medicine at AUC Dr. Naira Chobanyan, Postive Foundation President Shelly Alphonso and AUC representatives Khalilah Peters and Natalie Humphrey.

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