Breast cancer takes centre stage

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide and is being marked in Cayman with a number of events to raise money for local breast cancer charities and to raise awareness of the disease.

Nearly one in four of all cancer patients seen within the public health system in Cayman over the past year had breast cancer, according to Health Services Authority statistics.

Of the 365 Health Services Authority cancer patients who visited the Cayman Islands Hospital, an HSA clinic or pharmacy, or who were processed through the system in any way between September 2010 and August 2011, 93 had breast cancer, making that form of the disease the most prevalent in Cayman.

Each year, the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens runs a breast cancer awareness campaign. This year, events lined up for the campaign include awareness meetings at district clinics (Bodden Town, 12 October; West Bay, 17 October; East End, 20 October; and in George Town on 24 October).

An opening ceremony was held at Camana Bay on Monday, 3 October.

The club is also organising this year’s annual Brenda Tibbetts Lund 5k Memorial Run/Walk on 8 October.

The BRAvo art exhibition will be held at the jewellery story in Buckingham Square. Contact Gale ph. 949-1499 or email [email protected]

On Saturday, 15 October, one of the glitziest events of the year, the Breast Cancer Foundation Gala, will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Buy your tickets at

Friday, 21 October is Dress Down/Dress Pink Day.

Energy Pilates Studio are organising the first ever, Cardio- Kick Pilates class to raise money for the Cancer Society. The class takes place on Saturday, 15 October at 11am at the Arc Camana Bay. 
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Each year in October our attention is turned to breast cancer around the world and in the Cayman Islands. And as usual, there is a plethora of events surrounding the month to remind us that a cure needs to be found.