News day / This is according to chairman Anya Schnoor at yesterdays media launch of the annual five-kilometre race at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain. The race is being held under the theme Every Stride Empowers, which is an extension from last years Making Strides.
Some 17,000 women, mainly from rural communities who would not have ordinarily have access to screening, Schnoor said, have benefitted from education programmes and free breast cancer screening since the event started 19 years ago. On breast cancer, she said, About one in eight women, or 12 per cent, will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. About 85 per cent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. This year, she said, It is estimated that about 30 per cent of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers. Since 2016, the foundation has raised about $500,000 from the event and the other Women against Breast Cancer hallmark events, such as, the charity golf tournament, she said.
These funds were donated to the Cancer Society and used towards its community cancer screening clinics in the areas of Mayaro, Matura, Moruga and Tobago, Schnoor said.
Kevin Cox, general manager of the Cancer Society, said this country continues to record the highest rate of cancer diagnosis and mortality in the Caribbean. This years partnership and contribution from Scotiabank, he said, will allow the TTCS to enter phase three of its breast cancer awareness community outreach programme in Tobago.
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