Cervical cancer the focus for April
Under the theme 'Cervical Cancer is the Most Preventable Cancer ... Do Your Pap Smear', the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) will be placing focus on cervical cancer during Cancer Awareness Month in April.
The aim is to raise awareness and encourage more women to do regular screenings for early detection and treatment of abnormal cell changes.
Executive director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, said the agency will be redoubling its efforts this year to reach more persons.
"The focus will be around health promotion and increasing public awareness of cervical cancer, equipping persons with practical information about how they can reduce their risk and to encourage them to get their pap smear test done," she said.
Activities will get under way on April 1 with promotions and interactions with the public at locations across the Corporate Area and major towns around the island.
"We will have our volunteers out at the major intersections handing out flyers with information about cancer and healthy lifestyle choices. We will also be inviting persons to participate in our activities. We will be having interviews and exhibits and we'll be going across the country. We'll be going into Montego Bay and Manchester, engaging the public," she informed.
Also on the Cancer Awareness Month calendar are: a church service at Boulevard Baptist Church; the launch of Relay for Life 2016; and a student Anti-Tobacco Forum in Montego Bay.
A major event will be the staging of the Dr Joseph St Elmo Hall Lecture Series on Sunday at the Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
The guest speaker will be gynaecologic oncologist and robotic Surgeon from Baptist Health in South Florida, Dr Troy Gatcliffe. He will make a presentation on the Advances in the Management of Early Cervical Cancer and Continuing Medical Education.
Gordon said that during the month, persons will be able to access screenings at a discounted rate at the JCS clinic in Kingston and through its outreach facilities across the island.
A discount of 10 per cent is being offered to JCS members and five per cent to the general public.
JCS screened a total of 9,790 women for cervical cancer in 2015.