CPS Invites Public to Attend Breast Cancer Interactive Forum on Saturday
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CPS Invites Public to Attend Breast Cancer Interactive Forum on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), is inviting the public to attend the Breast Cancer Interactive Forum where you will have the opportunity to discuss breast cancer.

Dr. Niara Chobanyan, will be providing information and the public will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

For those who would like to attend the forum in person, space is limited to 50 persons. The forum will take place on two dates, this coming Saturday, October 16 and again on Saturday, October 30.

The forum will be held at the St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall, Back Street across from the Cultural Center from 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM.

The forum is a collaborative effort of the Positive Foundation, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Elektralyets Foundation, and CPS.

The forum is being held under the banner #InItTogether October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in the Americas, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. More than 462,000 women are newly diagnosed and approximately 100,000 women die from breast cancer each year. This is expected to increase by 34% in the Americas by 2030, if current trends continue.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, breast cancer ranks as the first cancer type among women both regarding new cases and deaths.

Several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have some of the highest rates for risk of dying from breast cancer, highlighting the inequities in health in the Region.

CPS says early detection is important in the management process of your breast for this reason all women and men are reminded to do self-breast examination – check your breast, get familiar with your breast so you can timely recognize when there is something wrong.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, a greater proportion of breast cancer deaths occur in women under 65 years of age (56%) as compared to North America (37%).

Earlier diagnosis coupled with advances in treatment has led to better outcomes and longer survival for women with breast cancer.

Talk to your physician about your risks for breast cancer and empower yourself with information. When attending either forum on October 16 or 31, attendees are required to wear their mask according to the public health and safety measures of the Government.

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