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The Breast Screening Programming at the Barbados Cancer Society has seen a significant decline in the number of people who come in for examinations.

Office manager for the programme, Monique Hinds, said that during 2015 and 2016 they recorded about 30 patients per day. But in the past year she said this dropped to an average of 20 to 25 patients.

“Unfortunately, we would have to say that it has declined and that could be due to the economic period that Barbados is going through. When you are strained financially, preventative care such as mammograms and pap smears become an option rather than a priority,” she said.

She was speaking yesterday at CIBC FirstCaribbean Warrens, where there was a charity flea market held to raise funds for the annual Walk For The Cure event. (TG)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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