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Women fear test

Shayal Devi
Thursday, July 17, 2014

WOMEN are still scared to get tested for breast cancer, says US registered nurse Damyenti Chandra.

Mrs Chandra and four overseas doctors are in the country for the start of the breast cancer screening at Nadi's Pattan Health Clinic.

She urged women to take advantage of the free clinics.

"We are offering a full medical check-up, which include Pap smears and breast exams," Mrs Chandra said.

She said those tested were also screened for high blood pressure and diabetes.

"Women are scared or they do not have enough knowledge regarding the tests.

"Some may have no time, money or a way to get their tests done.

"I would like to tell everyone that this is a life-saving decision and it is important to find time to get screened. Early detection saves lives.

"In the last 14 years, we have been able to help save many lives and have also seen women who have not survived because they were never tested or did not have regular screenings."

She said it was good to see business houses sending their staff for check-ups during last year's visit.

The clinic started yesterday and ends on July 25.

Free transport has been provided by Rosie Holidays for those interested in attending the clinic.

Pick up will be from the Nadi Temple at 8.30am and 12.30pm and drop off from the clinic will be at 1pm and 4pm until the clinic ends next week.


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