Each year, millions of women look at their calendars and
read these words, “Annual Check-Up”. Though not
our favorite way to spend time, we do it because we know that
it may literally save our lives. The dreaded Mammogram and
the slightly uncomfortable PAP tests are two of the most important
tests a woman should have done every year.
In San Felipe, hundreds of local women of all ages are just
beginning to understand the importance of these examinations
thanks to the efforts of Nurse Edith Fuentes Casillas of the
San Felipe Cancer Society and whose salary is supported solely
by contributions to the society. In May of 2009, we opened
the Center for Cancer Detection and Education and with the
generous donation of a Mammogram machine, Edith performs mammograms
and PAP testing for the women of San Felipe. A van provided
by the Caminata has also been a tremendous asset, allowing
Edith to transport those patients who require more extensive
treatments in Mexicali.
In this first year, she has seen over 300 women who probably
would never have gone for either a Pap test or breast examination
- this number continues to grow. Of 60 women who had breast
examinations in November 2008, 10% had a lump in one breast.
Edith has found several cases of pre-cancerous lesions and
cervical cancer within the 645 Pap tests she has done to date.
She has referred over 100 patients for follow-up services,
most of which required medical consultations, mammogram and
ultrasound examinations. Many of these costs were absorbed
by the Caminata.
Local OB/GYN, Dr. Annel Becerra Prado agrees that this project
has made significant impact in introducing the concept of
preventative health care, particularly pre-cancer screening
tests. “More importantly, it is helping to educate about
women’s health issues like breast and cervical cancer.”
Because of the service the Society has been providing to the community, the Society has been offered the use of the 1,700 sq. ft. “San Felipe Chamber of Commerce” building on a long term – no cost “loan” of the property. The new facility will locate the clinic in a more central location for community accessibility and provide the space for added services. Currently, the new clinic was remodeled and will opened in September, 2013.
The new facility provides three examination rooms, for physical exams, ultra-sounds, and mammograms, a health education area and reception / waiting area. The society has received
colposcopy equipment for which use space is currently unavailable but will be able to be used at the new facility. The inclusion of ultrasound service will eliminate the need to provide patient transportation to Mexicali, the closest ultrasound medical facility and reduce the number of actual mammograms.
The Society’s annual operating budget includes NO administrative fees. All administration is strictly volunteer. The operating revenue has come from the Annual Cancer Walk and private and group donations.
In its three years of operation, the clinic has provided lifesaving, early detection of cancer services to literally thousands of people who would NOT have had the service available to them. The clinic receives community support because of its proven record of success and need fulfillment.
The San Felipe Cancer Society has proven that early detection of Cancer saves lives.
So, walk with us and hundreds of supporters in the Annual Caminata Contra el Cancer, February 22, 2014. With the support and commitment of people who care, we continue to grow and provide this much needed community service.
Please download, print and use the registration form at the left to sign up for this year's Caminata.
Registrants may mail their Registration Form and Checks, payable to:
San Felipe Cancer Society (USD) For US Banks , or
La Caminata En Contra Del Cancer De San Felipe A.C. (MXN) For MX Banks
PMB 345, PO Box 9011, Calexico, CA 92232