Healthy Initiative

By the end of this year, vaccines to prevent cervical cancer will be included in the national immunisation schedule.

Word of this has come from Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Joy St. John. The Chief Medical Officer announced the Ministry of Health’s intention, as she explained that they are in complete support of universal access of preteens to vaccination for the prevention of cervical cancer.

Addressing the opening of a conference hosted by Cancer Support Services at the Hilton Hotel yesterday morning, Dr. St. John said that cancer of the cervix is among three forms of cancer that are of particular concern to the Ministry of Health – the other two being cancer of the prostate and breast.
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Cancer-related Fatigue Discussed

Sixty to eighty per cent of cancer patients will experience some form of fatigue brought on by the disease or therapy.

That is according to Consultant Haematologist/Oncologist with the University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, Dr. Dwight Lowe. He referred to the statistic while speaking on the topic ‘Cancer Related Fatigue and its Management’ at the Cancer Support Services Annual Conference at the Hilton Hotel yesterday.
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Support is Vital

Cancer is the leading cause of death in this country.

According to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Health, Dr. Joy St. John, data from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), the island’s lone tertiary care facility, indicated that between 2005 and 2009, cancer was second only to cardiovascular disease. Dr. John made the disclosure while addressing those gathered at the Hilton Hotel for the Cancer Support Services Annual Conference under the theme ‘Living with Cancer: My Life After Diagnosis’.
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