Susan G. Komen Bahamas® 5K, January 14, 2017

Whether you are a golfer, a bowler, a chef or a runner, you can contribute to the fight against breast cancer and support breast cancer awareness 365 days a year. By participating in the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure® 5k, you will experience an event that has changed the way the world views breast cancer. You can make a difference as you celebrate survivorship, honor those who have lost their battle, and most importantly, raise funds and awareness for the fight against this life threatening disease.

Form a team and join the fight where you live, work, worship and play by participating in this incredible event on January 16, 2016. Teams engender camaraderie and a sense of good time while donating to a most worthy event. There are team awards as well as age-group awards starting from age 10….an event for the entire family. The 3.1-mile Race welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners. With an early Saturday start, what a way to start the weekend. The 5k raises significant funds for the beneficiaries. 100% of the net income, from the Race, stays in the local community to fund breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects. 

The Impact of Genetic Research on Breast Cancer in The Bahamas: Dr. John Lunn

Generic research over the past four years has clearly shown that Bahamian women with breast cancer have the highest prevalence of an inherited gene in the BRAC gene in the world. In fact over 25% of Bahamian women with breast cancer have this inherited pre-disposition. Carriers of this mutation armed with information can now plan preventative strategies. More and more young women are now coming forward for prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. They are also aware that if they have their ovaries removed (at age 35) it will give them a 70% protection against breast cancer and eliminate the risk of ovarian cancer which is also associated with this generic abnormality.

  • The current research is now attempting to establish the frequency of this abnormal gene in the unaffected population, so that rational scientific preventative strategies can be planned for the whole population.
  • Government is being diligent in creating policies that ensure the health of the Country's most vulnerable citizens.
  • Women who have the mutation have up to an 85% chance of developing breast cancer.
  • Bahamian women have three different genes of breast cancer.

 

Imagine life without breast cancer

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