Steward Health Care Malta celebrates Pink October with breast cancer awareness activities


Throughout October, which was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Steward Health Care Malta (SHCM) held a series of activities at Gozo General Hospital (GGH) as part of Pink October, during which healthcare workers and the public were able to get correct information about breast care and learn about support for women with breast cancer.

A seminar for healthcare professionals titled Bridging the Care Gap was held on October 8, aimed at helping healthcare professionals reduce the period between the recommended treatment course for a particular patient and the treatment that is administered to him.

In addition, GGH employees organized a sale of plants and pastries on October 20 in the foyer of the GGH Ambulatory. All funds were donated to the local breast cancer support group Europa Donna Malta.

This was followed by a separate informative event, open to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, called Helping Each Other. This seminar was held on October 22 at the Gozo campus of Queen Mary University of London. Attendees received presentations on a variety of topics including the role of occupational therapy, an aromatherapy session, a self-care session, the importance of exercise in cancer, sexuality and cancer. Everyone present also took part in a Pilates class.

The multidisciplinary breast care team at GGH is made up of senior breast practice nurse Josianne Bicker, physiotherapists Dr Suzanne Vella and Josette Pace, psychologist Dr Pamela Portelli, radiographer Josianne Buttigieg and nurse Josephine Bartolo.

Bicker said: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malta and affects around 300 women each year. Our mission throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month was to encourage women to take awareness of their bodies, regardless of age, and to control themselves for any bumps or other symptoms.Throughout the events, the focus was on the support groups we have on the Maltese Islands and on the services offered to patients.

“During these events, it was also emphasized that women over 50 should not miss their breast screening appointments and the public was also informed about the breast care services offered by our multidisciplinary team. breast care. It was encouraging to see so many staff and members of the public attend the two informative seminars on the subject, both of which covered distinct aspects of breast cancer awareness,” she added.

Throughout October, informative leaflets were also made available at the GGH with useful advice on breast care in Malta, self-examinations, local support groups and health services available to women.

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Richard V. Johnson