The MEPS Trust Well Woman Clinic celebrates 10 years of service to the nation. It was launched in March 2006 by the minister of health and sanitation on the 25th anniversary of the death of Melvine Edith Patricia Stuart and the first anniversary of the death of her niece, Valerie Nicol. They both succumbed to breast cancer. The Well Woman Clinic is the first initiative of the MEPS Trust. With emphasis on reproductive health care, its services include breast and cervical cancer awareness and screening, education, counseling and referral for treatment if necessary, as well as maternal health care and wellness screening and care. The Well Woman Clinic also promotes prostate cancer awareness among men. Statistics on breast cancer from the Clinic indicate that between 2006 and 2015, 42% of women screened had some form of breast abnormality and 4% of the women with breast abnormalities ( )was diagnosed with breast cancer. The earlier years saw women with 3rd – 4th stages of breast cancer attending the Clinic when pain management was the main treatment required. Later years showed the benefits of greater breast cancer awareness. The majority of women now attend the Clinic for routine breast examination which should result in early diagnosis of the disease but unfortunately such opportunities are lost because of the absence of a mammogram. Encouraged by nationwide advocacy more and more women are reporting lumps and other abnormalities early instead of resorting to traditional treatments such as smoking the breast. Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer but early diagnosis saves lives and allows many more women to retain their breasts as localized cancers can be removed without resorting to mastectomy (breast removal). Take a minute or so and watch the different stages of breast cancer seen at the Clinic. A mammogram can detect breast cancer early before it gets to the stages seen. Please support this GoFundMe appeal and save more lives.
Take a minute or so and watch the different stages of breast cancer seen at the Clinic. A mammogram can detect breast cancer early before it gets to the stages seen. Please support this Gofundme appeal and save more lives.