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Register for the next Free Breast Exam Health Screening scheduled for October 19

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GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Saturday, October 19, is the next free breast exam and health screening.  Women interested in participating in the Breast Abnormalities Study, are invited to sign-up for the screening exam.
 
The screenings will be hosted by the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine and are scheduled for October 19th, October 26th and November 16th from 8:30am to 3:00pm. The deadline to register is three days before the scheduled event.
 
To make an appointment, call: 721-545-2298 ext. 404 2242 or email iakinsanmi@aucmed.edu
 
The screenings take place at the Vineyard Office Park Building, building #3 in Philipsburg. Those who have not participated in past AUC breast screenings are welcome to participate.
 
The health screening will be conducted by AUC medical students.
They will be checking your height, weight, vision, blood sugar, blood pressure and total cholesterol while the breast exam will be performed by board-certified AUC physician, Dr. Naira Chobanyan.
 
AUC is conducting these screenings, with support from the Positive Foundation and the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), to help the St. Maarten population understand the risk factors associated with breast abnormalities and breast cancers.
 
During this free screening opportunity, participants will also be educated and informed on:
 
1. What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
2. What can be done to decrease the risk?
3. How the risk is evaluated
4. How the risk can be calculated
 
While there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, it is the hope that through education and results from this research project, women can be empowered by knowledge resulting in earlier detection and treatment. 
 
The Positive Foundation urges women to take measures to “Feel It, Find It, and Fight It” early on when it’s easiest to treat.
 
The results from this research project may provide a basis for screening guidelines for St. Maarten, which could lead to earlier detection for all on St. Maarten.