4 July 2018 | Adventist Health Bakersfield is joining forces with Bakersfield Sikh Women’s Association for a preventative cancer screening. The Kaur Care Women’s Health Preventative Cancer Screening program will feature free breast exams and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, July 8, at Gurdwara Guru Dashmesh Darbar, a Sikh place of worship in Bakersfield, California.

This is the first in a series of screenings that will be hosted by Kaur Care. It is named after Gurbinder Kaur, a mother who passed away from cervical cancer this year at the age of 43.

According to the Bakersfield Californian, Kaur’s cancer could have been detected early if she had received a routine pap smear.

An Adventist Health press release said that discussion of health issues is often avoided in the Sikh community. The program seeks to raise awareness in the community of the need for routine cancer screenings to improve early cancer detection.

Adventist Health Bakersfield, previously San Joaquin Community Hospital, is a 254–bed facility in Bakersfield, California which serves Kern County. Adventist Health runs 20 hospitals and over 280 clinics on the West Coast and in Hawaii. It also operates home care and hospice agencies. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, it is the third-largest private company in the Sacramento region with $3.95 billion in 2016 revenue. The system is affiliated with the Adventist Church.

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