By Lori Lyn Lirio
BREAST cancer is the leading cancer incidence in the CNMI, according to Commonwealth Cancer Association Board President Bo Palacios.
Nationally, Palacios said, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer of death in women and the chance of invasive breast cancer in a woman’s life is about one in eight. He added that according to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 266,120 new cases of female breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2018 and 40,920 females will die from the disease.
Meanwhile, this prompted CCA member Malua Peters appealed to women to take care of themselves.
“We will beat this numbers of breast cancers if we take charge of our health. Love yourself and go to the hospital and have a checkup. Do not wait until you feel the pain.”
Peters said the breast cancer month proclamation last September by CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres aims increase awareness about breast cancer and the CCA’s goal is to decrease the number of cases.
“CCA will be aggressive in finding ways to go out and make sure that we do not see breast cancer increasing in the CNMI. Breast cancer comprises 29 percent of the cancer incidence in the CNMI. It is a public health concern. The CCA is involved in the outreach and education ofdifferent types of cancers, particularly breast cancer throughout the community and throughout the year. We want to thank the community for helping us achieve that goal,” Palacios said.
Recently, the CCA donated a total of US$10,394 to the CHCC mammography section to provide digital screening and diagnostic mammograms for all patients. The mammogram, an x-ray picture of the breast, is recognized as the most effective method of detecting breast changes that may be cancer long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt on women 40 years of age and older, stated in the proclamation.
Torres said his administration and the CHCC are finalizing the upgrading of all CHCC hospital equipment, including the mammogram.