Education key in cancer fight – Nigel Holness
The education of the Jamaican population on how to prevent cancer is key to reducing the incidence of the disease in the country, Nigel Holness, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has said.
Addressing the 7th annual “Walk For The Cure” at Emancipation Park recently, Holness said that the event, which takes place in the 17 Caribbean countries in which the bank operates is one of the region’s “largest cancer fund raising and educational initiatives.”
Noting that since 2012 US$1.7 million has been raised across the region all benefitting cancer organizations in each country Holness said, “we are particularly pleased that in Jamaica we have been able to contribute $12 million to the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) to boost their capacity to educate the Jamaican population about cancer prevention and treatment.”
Pointing to breast cancer as “the leading cause of cancer related deaths among Jamaican women”, Yulit Gordon, Executive Direct of the JCS told participants in Walk For The Cure, “sustained public education on breast self-examinations, clinical examinations and annual mammograms are key strategies to detecting breast cancer in the early stages.”
“There is no doubt that early detection will significantly improve outcomes and survival for Jamaican women at risk for the disease”, she explained.
Gordon said that the partnership with CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank over the past 7 years “has enabled the JCS to strengthen and expand public education and screening programmes to many underserved communities across the island including emotional counseling and support to over 20,000 Jamaicans each year.”