It was double the expected crowd, standing room only, when Cleveland Clinic Florida partnered with local experts to present its first in a series of lectures on medical issues impacting Bahamians. The initial topic – prevalence of breast cancer in Bahamian women. With late stage cancer occurring in an abnormally high percentage of younger Bahamian women, findings and advances in treatment all reinforce what has been stressed all along – the number one key to survival and post-cancer quality of life is early detection. The ‘C’ word, once feared a death threat, today is a disease that, if caught early enough, is readily treatable with far more humane methods and a strong success rate.
The lecture series by the popular health facility is aimed at strengthening ties with local physicians offering Bahamians access to the latest research and treatment in partnership with local doctors. Along with Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands, local physicians included Dr. Locksley Munroe, general surgeon, and Dr. Arlington Lightbourne, Bahamas Wellness Health System. Director of the Maroone Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida Dr. Zeina Nahleh, certified in hematology and oncology, and the author of more than 50 published articles and two books, reminded the audience that long after October breast cancer month is over breast cancer continues and so should each woman’s attention to it.