CARPHA: Cancer cases in the Caribbean on the increase

CARPHA: Cancer cases in the Caribbean on the increase

joy-st-johnCARIBBEAN360 – Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. Joy St. John, says cancer cases in the region are on the rise and are affecting younger people.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the region. Breast cancer is the main cause of death among females, followed by cervical cancer. Among males, the majority of cancer deaths are due to prostate and lung cancer. Colon and rectum cancer is the third leading cause of death in the region.

“The large number of deaths from breast and cervical cancer in the Caribbean is very alarming, since cervical cancer is largely preventable, and breast cancer can be detected early and treated successfully,” Dr. St. John said.

“Participation in screening programs is strongly encouraged for the prevention of cervical cancer and early detection of breast, colon and rectum cancers.”

Tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol are common modifiable risk factors that contribute to the development of cancers. Research has shown that a reduction in the modifiable risk factors in the population will contribute to a reduction in cancer cases and as a consequence, deaths and related medical costs.

A Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub, which will facilitate increased surveillance of cancers and provide data to support cancer prevention and control, will be launched this year at CARPHA’s Annual Research Conference, scheduled for June, in the Turks and Caicos Islands.


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  1. At this time precautions are better than cure. With this Cervical Cancer which caused by Hpv. When our young people are sleeping around with other people and they are not aware of their medical status,you would be inclined to such diseases then pay the price. Where is that vaccine you can get for Hpv? Young girls can be protected at thee age of thirteen with that vaccine if they are having sex early.


  2. Although this might not be the only cause, it claimed that deodorant (roll-on) blocks toxins from being released from the body. The toxins then lead to breast cancer. Instead of deodorant, persons can apply apple cider vinegar, using a cotton ball under the arms to kill bacteria and prevent body odour. The vinegar does not leave an unpleasant smell since it wears off in a short time and the toxins are released from the body through the sweat.

    In addition, it is advised to detox the body regularly. This could be done by squeezing the use of a half of lemon in warm water first thing in the morning, at least 10 minutes before eating. This alkalizes the body and as a result prevents the growth of cancer cells. Tumeric is also said to be very good. It could be used as a tea. These are things that I now practice.


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