Monday, February 17, 2014

Breast examination

One of our volunteers in Kenya, Janet Dykerman,  is a mammogram technologist on Prince Edward Island.
Since breast cancer is all too common in Kenya, we asked her to explain to women how to check their breasts for lumps or changes in their breasts.
When we held focus groups or had other meetings, Janet met with small groups of 10 people or less for a half-hour and explained why and how they should check their breasts regularly for any changes.  She gave them a fact sheet she had compiled and she had a synthetic breast they could examine for lumps.
She told them she was not a medical doctor and that if they found changes in their breasts they should consult a medical doctor. 
All women were very appreciative and told us they had not been told this previously.   

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