Thursday 17 October, 2019

What's done with the Breast Cancer Walk for the Cure money in Barbados

The recurring question surrounding the Walk for the Cure in Barbados of “Where is the money collected from the Walk and what is it used for?” has been answered yet again.

Not growing tired of responding to this enquiry annually, Medical Coordinator of the Breast Screening Programme (BSP) of the Barbados Cancer Society, Dr Shirley Hanoman-Jhagroo said that the funds for this year will be used to acquire a 3D mammogram machine.

Delivering brief remarks outside the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank headquarters in Barbados, before the gun went off to mark the start of the 2019 marathon and walk from Warrens, Dr Hanoman-Jhagroo said:

“I am only happy to explain. From 2002 to present time, we have moved from using what is called an analogue, the basic mammogram machine, to a machine that cost us $1.3Million. That’s the mammogram.

“And then we moved from a basic ultrasound machine in 2002 to a machine that is 3D ultrasound and cost us BBD$325,000.

“That’s where your money is going. Okay?”

And she made sure to highlight that the Breast Screening Programme was able to outright purchase the equipment to benefit the public.

“And remember all these things were paid for – C.O.D. We owed nobody. We borrowed no money. We paid for them. We saved the money from the Walk and we paid for it cash!”

This announcement was met with loud applause and some cheers from hundreds gathered in their pink T-shirts.

She went on to say that the aim is to continuously upgrade the Breast Clinic to deliver "the best possible facility for early detection".

Speaking to funds from this year’s Walk, she said that they have been earmarked already.

“Our new vision is of course for improvement in early detection, that is our objective. An investment in a new 3D, we going from a 2D to 3D mammogram machine. This is going to cost us about $900,000, but listen, it can be done. It is doable!”

Noting that over the past year, 16 women under the age of 40 were diagnosed with breast cancer, Dr Hanoman-Jhagroo said this new machine will help with early detection amongst younger women especially.

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