Thursday 26 November, 2020

Sygnus donates $450k to JCS to facilitate 100 free mammograms

Left to right: Elve Passley, Administrative Officer - Jamaica Cancer Society, Michael Leslie, Acting Executive Director, JCS and David Cummings, VP & Head of Real Estate & Project Finance at Sygnus.

Left to right: Elve Passley, Administrative Officer - Jamaica Cancer Society, Michael Leslie, Acting Executive Director, JCS and David Cummings, VP & Head of Real Estate & Project Finance at Sygnus.

Sygnus Credit Investments (SCI) recently gifted the Jamaica Cancer Society with a donation of $450,000 to cover the fees for 100 women to do a mammogram screening, to assist with the early detection of breast cancer.

Though breast cancer awareness tends to be heightened in October globally, the fight still lives on every day for those still battling with the disease, and with the cost of mammograms starting at approximately $4,500.00.

"Breast Cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaican women above the age of 25 years; and therefore, poses a threat to the survival of our women. We at Sygnus Credit Investments, believe that early detection is important and therefore want to play our part in assisting women to get screened. Our gift to the Society will assist with the screening of 100 women, and we invite other members of the private sector to come on board to assist our women and to support research and public education in this area,” stated Cerilin Hudson, Head of Legal and Compliance at Sygnus.

She said SCI believes that every individual should be able to have access to screening for early detection of breast cancer.

The company acknowledges that during this global pandemic, the resources may not be readily available for most.

Michael Leslie, Acting Executive Director at the Jamaica Cancer Society, was on location for the cheque handover and stated, “The Jamaica Cancer Society expresses our sincere gratitude to Sygnus Capital for their kind donation of $450, 000 to do mammography screening for 100 underserved women in need.”

The main goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to identify breast abnormalities as early as possible. If breast cancer is found early, there are more treatment options and a better chance for survival.

It has been proven that women whose breast cancer is detected at an early stage have a 93 per cent or higher survival rate in the first five years.

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