Sagicor offers free pap smears for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
File photo from a previous pap smear screening hosted by Sagicor Life.
Sagicor Life Jamaica will be offering free pap smear screenings to Sagicor health cardholders as part of its observance of Cancer Awareness Month.
The free screenings are taking place today, Monday, April 29 and tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30 at the company’s Paramedic Unit at its head office, on Barbados Avenue in New Kingston.
Persons without Sagicor health cards will also be able to access screenings at a discounted cost.
The activity is being done in partnership with the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), which has placed focus on cervical cancer for the month’s observance, with the theme: ‘Cervical Cancer is the Most Preventable Cancer…Do Your Pap Smear’.
Carol Lawrence, Vice President of Group Insurance at Sagicor Life, shared that Sagicor is very keen on playing its role in raising awareness about the importance of early detection in the fight against cervical cancer - as well as providing value-added services to clients and the wider public.
This includes the provision of free or discounted health checks.
“At Sagicor, we are committed to supporting our clients’ overall wellbeing and health goals, and as such from time to time we will offer free screenings for varying health checks, to help ease the financial burden that can come with doing health-related tests”, Lawrence said.
Registration for the pap smear screenings will start at 9am on both days, with screenings being closed off at 3pm.
Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Jamaican women between the ages of 30 to 50 years.
The Human Papilloma virus, transmitted primarily via sexual contact, is responsible for 90 per cent of all cervical cancers.
Shullian Brown, Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Cancer Society said late-stage diagnosis is not only painful but costs millions of dollars to treat.
“Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, so it is important to have your pap smear done each year. We have joined with Sagicor Life on this initiative because that is the message we want to get out there,” Brown said.