100 Persons Diagnosed with Cancer in St. Kitts & Nevis in 2010

The event is being held as a collaborated effort between Pink Lily and the Ministry of Health on the island of Nevis. Both agencies have pooled resources to organize a cancer awareness symposium on Wednesday February 08, 2012 at The St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall from 8:30am-11:00am.

This forum will provide a venue for discussion on prevention, as well as care and treatment of cancer on Nevis. Presentations will be made by Government Officials, cancer care providers, support groups and cancer survivors, who continue to work together in this area as a team. This is just one of many activities planned to focus on cancer.

Friday 3rd February was celebrated as World Cancer Day and various events were organized to help sensitize the public about cancer in its various forms.

On Friday, Pink Lily Cancer Care Nevis hosted a cancer awareness event at the Memorial Square, Charlestown, Nevis from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Women between the ages of 40 to 70 who have never had a mammogram were given free mammograms at the Memorial Square. According to Founder of Pink Lily Cancer Care, Mrs. Lea Parris-Cambridge, members of the public were also educated on facts about cancer during the memorial square event.

Pink Lily offered 100 free mammograms and free counseling in the charity’s second phase of Breast Cancer Screening program. Other events that were organized included Cervical Cancer screening, at the Gingerland Health Centre, an address by the Minister of Health, and the presentation of cancer messages in schools. A Cancer based Church Service is also being planned for 12th February, at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

World Cancer Day 2012 was celebrated under the theme, “Together it is Possible”.

One hundred (100) women already benefited in the first phase of the charity’s Breast Screening Program.

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008. In the year 2010 alone 100 persons were diagnosed with cancer in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis according to official statistics.

Each year on 4 February, WHO supports International Union Against Cancer, to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer. Preventing cancer and raising quality of life for cancer patients are recurring themes.

According to medical research, cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. It can affect almost any part of the body. The growths often invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize to distant sites. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke. In addition, a significant proportion of cancers can be cured, by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, especially if they are detected early.

 

In 2005, 7.6 million people died of cancer. More than 70% of those deaths occurred in low and middle income countries. WHO has developed a series of six modules that provides practical advice for programme managers and policy-makers on how to advocate, plan and implement effective cancer control programmes, particularly in low and middle income countries.

The WHO guide is a response to the World Health Assembly resolution on cancer prevention and control (WHA58.22), adopted in May 2005, which calls on Member States to intensify action against cancer by developing and reinforcing cancer control programmes.

 

World Cancer Day 2012 is particularly important as it falls almost half a year after the first UN High-level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and the signing of the Political Declaration supporting prevention and control of these devastating conditions including cancer.

UICC believes it is only by every person, organization, government, individually doing their part that the world will be able to reduce premature deaths from cancer and other NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025.

 


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