Support breast cancer awareness with these regional events
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and around the region, there will be many activities to create awareness about the disease.
According to a 2018 report from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, breast cancer is the main cause of cancer deaths among Caribbean females, accounting for 14 percent to 30 percent of cancer deaths.
Early detection of breast cancer is key to reducing mortality statistics along with education, screening, accurate diagnosis, and treatment.
The activities around the region are designed to educate women about the things they can do to reduce breast cancer deaths and to raise funds to help organisations continue their work in raising awareness.
Here is a list of Breast Cancer Awareness activities taking place in the Caribbean this month.
When: October 4 to 27
Events: October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Church Service (Jamaica Reach to Recovery), Pink Day, CIBC First Caribbean Bank Walk for the Cure, Breast Cancer Medical Symposium-Kingston, Survivor Makeovers, Breast and Prostate Cancer Medical Conference –Montego Bay, World Mammography Day, Keeping Abreast Luncheon, Jamaica Reach to Recovery Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk
When: October 6
Event: CIBC National Walk for the Cure
What is it: Now in its eighth year, the National Walk for the Cure raises funds to assist with the purchase and maintenance of equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and to provide assistance, care, and counselling to patients and their families. The funds are also used to raise awareness through education campaigns.
When: October 5
Event: CIBC First Caribbean International Bank’s Walk for the Cure
What is it: One of the Caribbean’s largest fundraisers and educational initiatives and a breast cancer awareness opportunity. This event addresses one of the controllable risk factors for reducing our risk of breast cancer – physical activity. For this reason, The Positive and Elektralytes Foundations have joined forces by merging “Walk for the Cure” with “Pink, Phit and Phabulous” in order to maximise the effectiveness of the event.
When: October 5
Event: Breast Cancer Gala Dinner
What is it: The Breast Cancer Gala Dinner is the main fund-raising event for the Breast Cancer Foundation for the year, from these funds they sponsor the Cancer Society for their work with BC patients and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens for their work with BC Awareness in October each year.
When: October 19
Event: Cycle Cuba
What is it: This event was founded by British couple Dr Anthony Leathem and his wife Patriciato raise funds in their quest for a future free of breast cancer. Their organisation, Against Breast Cancer, funds pioneering research into new treatments, tools for earlier diagnosis and advice to reduce the risk of recurrence and secondary spread. They are also working with expert scientists to increase the survival rates of all breast cancer patients and ultimately, discover a vaccine against breast cancer.
When: October 26
Event: Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
What is it: The St. Andrew’s Development Organisation together with the Pink Ribbon Society and other stakeholders will be hosting the walk to raise awareness on this type of cancer, as well as supporting and encouraging survivors to share their stories. All proceeds from this event will go to the Pink Ribbon Society, to support their efforts in assisting victims of this dreaded disease.
When: October 28
What is it: A fundraising picnic party to promote Breast Cancer Awareness and raise funds for Breast Cancer research and treatment.