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(PRESS RELEASE) – World Cancer Day is observed on February 4th under the tagline “We can. I can” It is this time the world uses to reminisce and consider the increased global burden that cancer inflicts on people, both poor and rich, young and old.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of mobility and mortality worldwide, and it is the second leading cause of death globally. In Saint Lucia the primary Health Care Department of the Ministry of Health is doing its bit in sensitizing the public to the effects and implications of cancer. Assistant Principal Nursing Officer, Tecla Jn.Baptiste is encouraging the public to playits part by doing the examinations.
“Our aim in Primary care is to save preventable deaths, to help reduce illness and death caused by cancers. Services are available at the various wellness centers island wide. Our services include;pap-smear, breast examinations, prostate exams and also testicular exams for men. It is free of cost to the public. Therefore we are urging persons to access the services. ”
In recent times, the number of persons on record with the illness has increased exponentially while a greater number of children and younger persons indicate positive signs of cancer. However, Jn. Baptiste has placed emphasis on men, who she believes are the pillars of the family structure.
“We are losing our men through prostate cancer of course this has implications for our families and the population as a whole. So therefore we are asking the me again to visit your wellness centers be educated, our skilled professional will provide you with the necessary education, tell you about signs, the symptoms and of course you will be referred for your prostate examinations, your PSAs and of course your testicular exams. So once again, men we are appealing to you to visit our wellness centers and access our services”.
Governments, medical practitioners and researchers throughout the world are continuously working towards finding a cure for this malady.