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Rise in breast cancer cases


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More than?200 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in?Barbados last year, a jump from 150 in 2009 and 146 the previous year.
And more young women in their 30s and early 40s are being diagnosed.
But chair of the Barbados Cancer Society’s Breast-Screening Programme, Dr Shirley Hanoman Jhagroo, says early detection is helping to keep down mortality rates.
The Breast Screening Programme, designed to reduce death from breast cancer by early detection, has been in operation for nine years and to date more than 47 000 mammograms and approximately 4 000 breast ultrasounds have been carried out at the clinic.
Jhagroo told the SATURDAY SUN yesterday although the number of newly-diagnosed cases was increasing yearly, the mortality rate from the disease had remained between nine and 11 per cent, a factor she attributed to “early detection with more treatment options”.
She said the digital mammography unit acquired by the society a year ago, the only one in the Caribbean, had been “a great asset to early diagnosis” with 11 patients to date showing positive diagnoses by the machine in the absence of a palpable mass.
Jhagroo spoke following the presentation of $5 000 by Foster & Ince Cruise World to the Breast Screening Programme of the Barbados Cancer Society at the new Foster & Ince Cruiseworld branch at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre.
She said research had shown that addition of ultra-sound screening to mammography in women with high density breasts, increased the breast cancer detection by 42 per cent.
Jhagroo also appealed to men to have their prostate checked.
“I would love to actually see men have their prostate screened, and be educated to understand how important this is. They put their lives in their hands when they don’t.”
Such screening facilities are also available to men at the Barbados Cancer Society’s Early Detection Clinic at Jemmotts Lane.


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