Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure
Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy's life.
Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the CureAn event that honors men and women who have lost their fight to breast cancer and also celebrates those who won their fight will head into its ninth year of existence.
The Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure 5K is scheduled to take place on January 19, 2019.
Breast cancer data suggests that there are 300-500 new cases of breast cancer each year, making events like Komen Bahamas necessary for not only raising awareness but money towards the fight.
The celebratory event attracts individuals from civic organizations, corporate groups, churches and schools to name a few.
The highlight event is the Survivor Ceremony, which features some of the hottest entertainers in The Bahamas, testimonials from survivors and lots of raffles.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds remain in The Bahamas. The funds are used to support four local NGOs: the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, the Cancer Society of Grand Bahama, the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.
To register for Komen Bahamas, visit www.komenbahamas.org.
The Impact of Genetic Research on Breast Cancer in The Bahamas: Dr. John Lunn
Generic research has shown that Bahamian women with breast cancer have the highest prevalence of an inherited gene in the BRAC gene in the world. In fact, more than 25% of Bahamian women with breast cancer have this inherited pre-disposition. Carriers of this mutation 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.
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.