Uniting J'cans in pink - This is our colour. Embrace it!
Today is PINK DAY, a day set aside by the Jamaica Cancer Society to unite all Jamaicans in the fight against breast cancer and to give HOPE and INSPIRATION to the families battling this disease.
In its more than 62 years of leadership in cancer prevention and control in Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society has been at the forefront in:
- Screening services: With more than 20,000 men and women screened for breast, cervix, and prostate cancer each year.
- Influencing national policies: Such as the Cabinet-approved National Strategic Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Cancer; the construction of two new Cancer Treatment Centres of Excellence; tobacco legislation for smoke-free public spaces and graphic health warnings; regional advocacy initiative on Cervical Cancer Prevention.
- Education and development: Through medical symposia and public-education fora.
- Financial support: The provision of small grants for vulnerable cancer patients to access cancer treatment. More than J$5 million paid out in 2016.
- Community engagement: Approximately 200 communities targeted annually to bring improved access to cancer-screening services and public education, as well as counselling and support to families battling cancer.
- Youth engagement: More than 500 high school students targeted each year for education on healthy lifestyle practices, dangers of tobacco use, and substance abuse.
- Research: One per cent of annual revenue invested in the Global Cancer Research Fund.
In more recent years, there has been a growing focus on the role that lifestyle factors play in the development of cancer and the importance of primary prevention.
Let us commit today as we unite in PINK to do our regular cancer-screening tests, eat healthy, exercise regularly, not smoke, not consume more than the recommended daily allowance of alcohol, and rest.
Support the Jamaica Cancer Society events planned across the island to celebrate breast cancer awareness and survivorship.
For further information, please contact the Jamaica Cancer Society, 16 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5, Tel: 927-4265.
Because We Are Never Giving Up!!