Cancer survivor Dunkley urges vigilance
Breast cancer survivor Pamela Dunkley urged participants in Thursday's 20th anniversary BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk to make mammograms a routine part of their life.
Mrs Dunkley, the patron of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also encouraged the hundreds of walkers to talk to their doctors about screening requirements for cancer and other diseases.
“Breast cancer is the leading cancer for women in Bermuda,” Mrs Dunkley, the wife of Michael Dunkley, the Premier, said.
“In 2015 we had 62 cases of breast cancer reported to the Bermuda National Tumour Registry.
“We are all at risk. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Each year that goes by doesn't make it easier because I know it can reoccur at any time.
“Early detection is key to greater survival rates. Regular check-ups are lifesaving. Take care of yourself by having a conversation with your physician about your screening requirements for cancer and other diseases and make mammograms, a routine part of your life.”
Mrs Dunkley also emphasised the importance of being “knowledgeable about health conditions that may affect you or a loved one”.
“Remember there is always hope,” she added. “A change in treatment, a new drug, a new procedure, something may happen at anytime to improve your diagnosis.”
The walk to honour those who have been affected by breast cancer, to raise awareness and funds to help build a new radiation therapy facility was well attended despite the rain.
“Every step you take tonight is important, and together we are helping the women of Bermuda finish the fight against breast cancer,” Mrs Dunkley said.
“We walk in hope that no one has to suffer another loss to this disease.”