Jaltemba Cancer Walk

Jaltemba Cancer Walk  

Photographs by Larry Baron

Jaltemba Cancer Walk and the party at Hinde and Jaime’s. The walk started at Mateja’s, crossed the Bridge for Life. Since last year’s Jaltemba Cancer Walk and street party, 104 local women have received a free mammogram or ultrasound or pap test! Yes, that great time you had dancing and having a couple of beers with friends has made a huge impact in our rural community. Of the 104 women, SIX instances of early stage cancer were detected (18%). This is a much higher percentage of breast cancer than in developed countries. According to the American Cancer Society statistics, one in 9 Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime (by the age of 90); and about 1 in 8 (12%) of women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. But the good news is that early detection saves lives- highlighting why our screening program is so important.

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