World Cancer Day is celebrated on the 4th February annually, it is an opportunity to heighten awareness about this non-communicable disease, lend support, take personal action, and encourage prevention, detection and treatment. Under the theme I am and I will the staff at the Moruga Health Centre hosted their World Cancer Day Outreach on Friday 15th February, 2019 at the Basse Terrre Community Centre. They provided educational material and counselling about the different types of cancers, offered blood pressure and blood glucose tests to everyone and the women were able to have pap smears and breast examinations done as well.
District Nurse Lydia Wilkes said, “We noticed that the females in the area were not coming in to have their pap smears done at the health centre, so we decided to go into their neighbourhood and encourage them to get screened as well as educate them about the various types of cancers that can affect them and even their male relatives.”
This theme will run for the next three years and calls on everyone to take personal responsibility and action as an individual by identifying – Who am I and what will I do to take charge of my health? Because early detection and treatment of cancer can increase the possibility of a successful outcome.