Early Detection Saves Lives – To improve survival rates, the MEPS TRUST Well Woman Clinic visits establishments in Freetown, to promote early detection of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an exceptionally busy time at the Clinic. It is usually a time for raising awareness on breast cancer, providing education on the anatomy of the breast, symptoms of breast cancer, predisposing causes and, teaching breast self-examination and prevention strategies, such as life-style adjustments. This heightened activity included outreaches both at the Clinic and outside.
A total of 925 women received free education on breast cancer and teaching on breast self-examination, of which 177 women were screened free of charge. The cost involved was approximately le20,000,000 ($2,500).
The following were the institutions visited and numbers of participant women during the Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, 2018:
In March this year, staff at the Clinic gave talks on breast awareness and taught breast self-examination to about 200 men, women and children during an outreach at Goderich village, organized by the Zonta Club of Freetown. Fifty two women were examined for early signs of breast cancer.
We thank our donors, the institutions and members of staff for taking part in these events.