Each year during October breast cancer survivors, supporters, family and friends commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and reflect on the strides made to bring information and screening to a number of women in their respective communities.
In St. Kitts the Reach for Recovery SKB Breast Cancer Support Group, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The group was founded in 2002 by A
who was later joined by two survivors, who all underwent treatment in Trinidad.
The founder and the just over 25-member team of supporters and survivors, have now launched THE PINK ZONE. This is an awareness center which will be located on Fort Street, Basseterre.
The official opening took place at 9:30am on Friday 5th October with an endorsement from the Minister of Health, Marcella Liburd.
The purpose of the center is to bring greater awareness of breast cancer and to educate a wide cross section of the population. The center offers an opportunity for members of the public to access information on breast cancer , from health professionals and survivors in an informal setting.
The focus this year is on youth and self-breast examination, thus persons were present to demonstrate this aspect of early detection. It is important for persons to be ‘breast aware’ so that any changes can be identified as early as possible before a clinical examination, said an official of the group.
Reach for Recovery SKB has said that anyone can visit the center, Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 5:00 pm, and learn as much as possible about breast cancer and its early detection to save lives
Since the formation of the group in 2002, the members have worked on a variety of events in the local community, including educational lectures, distribution of vouchers for free mammograms, fundraising activities. The group meets every third Monday monthly at the CFB College Horsford’s Road, Basseterre.