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St Ann, St Mary stage successful cancer awareness activities

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM
This undated fluorescence-colored microscope image made available by the National Institutes of Health in September 2016 shows a culture of human breast cancer cells.


The St Ann/St Mary Branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society completed a successful Cancer Awareness Month in April, the highlight being a health fair at the parking lot at the Island Village Shopping Centre in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

The fair saw scores of persons from both parishes accessing free health checks which included Pap smears, blood sugar tests, blood pressure checks, HIV and syphilis tests, and 100 free mammograms courtesy of sponsors, Consumer Brands.

Arlene Hinds of Colegate district, near Ocho Rios, said she was happy for the opportunity to once again access free health checks courtesy of the cancer society.

"Yes, I'm feeling very, very happy for the opportunity," she said. "I did a mammogram with them before and today I did a Pap smear, now I'm trying to see what else I can do before I leave."




Meanwhile, Kay Rochester, marketing/promotions manager at Consumer Brands, said her company was happy to be associated with the cancer society once again, after previous collaborations.

"We always look forward to be on board with Jamaica Cancer Society because cervical cancer is a critical illness for women," Rochester pointed out. "We're happy to be on board so we can help with the free mammograms and the free Pap smears; as you know early detection saves lives."

Rochester said Consumer Brands, through the brand Olay, has forged a partnership with the cancer society, known as Olay Give Hope.

"We want to raise awareness and educate Jamaicans about the importance of early detection. We've donated 100 free mammograms (to St Ann/St Mary Branch) and also 100 to Kingston and 75 in St Elizabeth. Come October when we have World Mammography Day, of which we're always a sponsor, we always give between 100 and 200 mammograms as well. We're always happy to be on board with the Jamaica Cancer Society."

Sponsorship for the health fair also came from Great House Pharmacy, Veronique Day Spa, IADPA Bookshop and Irie FM which broadcast live from the location.

Branch Manager Marilyn Williams was happy with the turnout and the support from the sponsors.