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Free Breast and Health Screenings for Women Oct. 19 & 26 a Success. Register for the Nov.16 Screening

The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) in collaboration with the Positive Foundation and The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor, is pleased to announce the success of our last Breast Awareness & Screening Events of the semester held this past Saturdays, October 19th and October 26 at the Vineyard Building in Philipsburg.

Dr. Naira Chobanyan, an oncologist, and her team of clinical fellows and 30 medical students screened over 70 women for breast abnormalities, in addition to conducting an overall health assessment, a breast cancer screening questionnaire, and education about recognizing breast abnormalities and cancer risk factors.

For many of the participating medical students, the screening provided an opportunity to apply the doctor patient interactions and clinical skills they learned from the classroom into a real-life setting, encouraging them to attend multiple events.

The information collected is vital to understand the prevalence of breast abnormalities within the population of St. Maarten.

This initiative began in 2017 as a way to educate the community about breast cancer while empowering women with strategies to proactively monitor their health.

The program provides free health screenings along with educational information about breast cancer symptoms and risk factors.

The next breast screening event is scheduled for November 16, 2019.  To make an appointment, call: 721-545-2298 ext. 404 2242 or email

PHOTO CUTLINE: AUC group photo.