More than 20 new patients diagnosed with breast cancer so far this year


Antigua News Room More than 230 women are living with breast cancer in Antigua and Barbuda.

That’s according to Nurse Joycelyn Phillip who works in the Oncology Department at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre.

Nurse Phillip, who has worked in the department for 13 years said the number of patients “has risen quite a bit” over the years.

“At present, we have a total of 236 to 240 patients in our department with breast cancer”, she told state media on Thursday, adding, “we have about 24 new breast cancers for the year to date”.

While it is recommended that women should start screening at age 40, Phillip advised: “if your family has a history of breast cancer, screening should begin as early as possible.”

She said if a lump is detected during self-examination, people should immediately go to their doctor to make sure it is not malignant.

Speaking about current patients, the nurse revealed “we have as low as 28. So the age range is from 28 to 76 with the majority within the 40 to 50, 65 age group.

October is being observed as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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