The annual Cancer Screening Clinics for Abaco were held on September 8 between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. at the Government Clinics in Marsh Harbour and Cooper’s Town. These screening clinics, which are organized by the Abaco Cancer Society, provide free pap smears for women and PSA tests for men. The numbers of persons taking advantage of this service are always high in Cooper’s Town and this year there was a very good turnout in Marsh Harbour, so much so that the numbers in Marsh Harbour equaled those in Cooper’s Town.
Fifty people were already waiting before 9.00 a.m. for the doctor’s arrival in Cooper’s Town and there was a steady flow all day at both clinics. In total, thirty seven females were seen at both clinics and seventeen men in Marsh Harbour and nineteen men in Cooper’s Town.
Dr. Saida Bowe and Patrice Watson from Nassau were in charge at the Marsh Harbour Clinic while Dr. Nneka Ijeoma and Lavern Wildgoose from Nassau ran the Cooper’s Town session. Two local nurses also assisted in Marsh Harbour while several local persons assisted in Cooper’s Town.
Officials of the Abaco Cancer Society were pleased that so many people took advantage of this opportunity for cancer screening and encourage even more people to come out next year. Early detection saves lives.