Cancer among leading causes of death, hope in early detection, says Health Ministry Rep

Sabrina Bernard of the Health Promotion Unit speaking at Walk for Cancer Care 2023 ceremony

Cancer is one of the non-communicable diseases that is the leading cause of death in Dominica. This statement was according to representative from the Health Promotion Unit, Sabrina Bernard who was speaking at the Dominica Cancer Society launching ceremony of the Walk for Cancer Care 2023 held at the Alliance Francaise on Wednesday.

“In the world today, and by no exception Dominica, cancer is one of the non-communicable diseases that is the leading cause of death,” she said.

Bernard reported that in 2020 for the top five leading causes of death in men, prostate cancer ranked number one with 10.9 percent, while women’s breast cancer ranked number five with 4.7 percent.

“In 2021 cancer did not rank in the top five leading causes of death, so we can see the evidence of early detection [saving] lives,” she noted.

Moreover, Bernard said the Walk for Cancer Care continues to create an avenue for physical exercise, raising awareness of cancer, and taking action. She pointed out that this call for action requires that the whole of society collectively as well as individually makes a commitment in that regard.

Bernard said also that the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Social Services through the Health Promotion Unit and the Primary Healthcare Services continues to collaborate with the Dominica Cancer Society in an effort to create a great awareness of cancer prevention and to empower individuals to take action to improve their own health.

“Throughout the seven districts, cancer screening programs including educational sessions are being conducted with the aim at detecting cancer before the symptoms appear and to educate the individuals which will have a positive impact on their health and wellness,” she explained.

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  1. Roland Mitchell
    September 4, 2023

    Part 3
    Madam- Sabrina Bernard

    This conversation is so important That I have added a 3rd bit.
    If we as Dominicans cannot survive in Dominica we should emigrate to Canada, USA or UK. I am an immigrant who left Dominica in June 1980.

    Canada offers work and visas to agricultural labourers. It is better to be a slave in Canada than a big shot in Dominica. I am a slave in the UK, but all my children can go to University. I have a decent chance of a pension and own more than one house. I could never have achieved this in Dominica, from 1986 to 2023. Today I can retire if I want to.

    What is good for me, is good for other Dominicans. Let us start by stopping all our bad habits: No Smoking, No Drinking, No Stealing. Fidelity in Marriage. Have ambition to do our work to the best of our ability and study to improve our productivity. A Nurse can get training to be SRN, RM. Paramedic, Doctor. A legal clerk can learn to be a solicitor. A road maintenance person can become an engineer…

  2. Roland Mitchell
    September 4, 2023

    Part 2
    Madam- Sabrina Bernard

    In abut 1990 I left the accountancy job and went to work in the Hotel Industry which was less stressful by 1999 I had a new girlfriend and I told her that I could not have children. She accepted me as I was and told me to sleep in every Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. We got married on 13/01/2001 and by 24th November 2002 I had a son. 2 years later a daughter arrived. a further 2 years later another son arrived.

    Stress was literally killing me. They are now 17, 19 and 21 years old. I started working for myself in 2005, and this reduced my stress levels. Finally I seldom go out to restaurants, or go on holidays myself. Inlet everyone else go on holiday and I usually stay home and work, so that the bills are paid on time. I have no new car, and eat my own sandwiches.

    If Dominicans can reduce their spending, on cars, mobile phones, clothes, holidays, partys, alcohol and tobacco, then their stress levels will drop and cancer will drop

  3. Roland Mitchell
    September 4, 2023

    Part 1

    The biggest problem we have in Dominica is poverty. Businesses cannot make a profit in the environment created by Mr Skerrit. Individuals cannot pay for food, utilities, housing required to live a reasonable life in Dominica. Since E O Leblanc’s government Dominica must have stagnated in terms of GDP per Head. I do not have the figures.

    The Income from Passport Sales is being hidden from us. Only Mr Skerrit knows what this income is.

    Therefore in these circumstances life in Dominica is stressful.
    I once worked for 10 years in an accountancy firm where I got Diarrhoea Monday to Friday. The stress of having to account for every 15 minutes of my working life, so the owner could charge his customers and make profit as literally killing me. I was 26 at the time, and trying to make a small family with my girl friend. My Sperm count fell to zero. I have an operation to check that my plumbing was in order. Everything was fine, but no sperm. This is what stress…

  4. BobD
    September 3, 2023

    How can this be? Dominicans have been mis-led into believing and not comprehending what constitutes Nature Island. The Island’s life’s style living, have contributed tremendously to their current ills. Make no mistake, obesity, rum, tobacco, rotten and processed Cadaver, are the well traveled road of cancer. Don’t be manipulated, the remedy is always at the fingertips of the suffering candidate. “watch your actions, they become your habits.”

  5. Zandoli
    September 1, 2023

    Are colonoscopies done in Dominica?

  6. If we knew better
    September 1, 2023

    Again, why doesnt the Cancer Association speak or say anything about natural treatments like cannabis for early detection. OR is cancer just a business where more cancer we have is more funding the association gets?

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