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Friday 4 February 2011   This year observation of World Cancer Day there was an agreement to harmonize and jointly undertake activities leading up to the February 4, 2011.

The Ministry of the Health, Wellness, Family Affairs, National Mobilization, Human Services and Gender Relations (Bureau of Health Education, Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat), Saint Lucia Cancer Society, and for the first time American Insurance company (Alico) plans to integrate effort in stirring up public interest in Cancer Prevention.


Cancer continues to generate feelings that range from heightened concerns to outright fear, denial and sheer helplessness in persons suffering from the disease, as well as their family members.


To commemorate World Cancer Day, annually observed on February 4, the Ministry of Health in conjunction with allied partners are engaging in radio and TV talks as well as the staging of a grand exhibition in the car park of the Ministry of Health, Waterfront, Castries from 9:00am.


The Ministry of Health is convinced from large bodies of evidence supplied both from the medical and academic community to confidently assert/conclude that most of the common cancers presented (e.g. breast, colon, prostate, cervical) can be prevented and or cured if detected early through available and accessible screening test on island.


Research has shown that adopting simple lifestyle changed and avoiding harmful practices such as smoking tobacco products along with regular medical screening tests accessible and available from most health centres/wellness centres and clinics on island can in most cases prevent and control, even delay onset of cancer.

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