Saturday 30 May, 2020

VIDEO: Sagicor donates mammography unit to Jamaica Cancer Society

The Sagicor Foundation has donated a much needed mammography workstation unit to the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCF), in a bid to eliminate breast cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica. 

The donation was made at a handover event on Thursday, July 12, 2018, and will aid in making the mammography screening process at the JCF more efficient. 

“The Cancer Society is a beacon of hope for the average Jamaican. Here, you can get treatment if you can't afford it. Early detection depends on screening. The average person who doesn't know and doesn't get treatment will discover cancer at an advance stage,” said Caroline Graham, Chairman of the Jamaica Reach to Recovery. 

The unit also known as a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), is expected to save the JCF approximately $3 million annually. 

Yulit Gordon, Executive Director of the JCS lauded the work of the Sagicor Foundation and further noted that the until will be a game changer for the country. 

“We are indeed grateful to Sagicor for the gift which will not only place Jamaica Cancer Society at the cutting edge of technology but will also significantly improve our efficiency”, said Ms Gordon. 

Some of the benefits of PACS include secure transmission of patients’ mammogram images to anywhere in the world for review by referring physicians and minimizing the need for retakes of images, which will significantly reduce the wait time for patients’ results. 

Finally, the Sagicor Foundation reiterated their commitment to fighting society in Jamaica whilst noting that this donation was a part of a long-standing partnership between the two entities. 

““Sagicor has long been a committed supporter of the Jamaica Cancer Society and its various initiatives and activities aimed at and centred on raising awareness about cancer prevention and control…. Sagicor stands behind you in this fight and we will continue to throw our full support behind you as together we tackle this monster”, said President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Christopher Zacca. 

According to recent studies conducted by the University of the West Indies, approximately 60 per cent of breast cancer cases diagnosed in Jamaica are among women ages 25 and 55 years-old. 

It is also estimated that one in 21 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which is the leading cancer and the leading cause of cancer related deaths among Jamaican women.

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