Breast Cancer concerns

breast cancerActing Health Promotions Coordinator in the Ministry of Health, Alison Samuel, has raised concerns over the increase in the number of women affected with cancer, particularly Breast Cancer.

Samuel, who was speaking on Women’s Magazine Programme aired on Kairi FM mentioned that although the disease is rare in men, they too must also pay close attention to the disease since Breast Cancer has been diagnosed in them too.

“Now when we look at our data, we have also recognized that our young women have been diagnosed,” she said. “I am sure you remember when you were younger most times you would hear cancer in an older person, somebody who is retired, somebody who is not working anymore, but right now we have cancer affecting, and not just breast cancer, but cancer affecting our productive age group more and more.”

She continued, “Although like we continually say with breast cancer you may not have a causative agent or a causative factor that is readily identified but there are risks that you should pay attention to, because it is very important that every man and woman out there, particularly the younger ones coming up to become more and more aware of the risks and what can be done to be able to identify if there is any changes you need to go to your Doctor about.”

While addressing a Health Fair held at the Dominica State College (DSC) in April 2015, Samuel noted that Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed among women in Dominica and data shows that increasingly younger women are being affected.

She advised that balance nutrition, increase physical activity, no smoking, as far as possible, and limited alcohol use all serve as a protective shield against non-communicable diseases, such as breast cancer.

Dominica observed Cancer Awareness month in October.

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11 Comments

  1. anonymous2
    November 10, 2015

    Stay away from the hormone containing meats which includes mainly chicken, but also beef and pork from other countries. Stay away from vegetables that are not organically raised, those that are from GMO seeds. Round=U[ ready, estrogenic excuses for food that are carcinogenic.

    • The Real Facts
      November 12, 2015

      It is only in recent years that we have been hearing of organic products. Our D/can ancestors knew nothing about organic. Many lived to be a ripe old age and free of cancer. Some merely died of old age.
      Do not evade the primary issue which causes cancer. Cancer of any nature is incurable.

  2. The Real Facts
    November 9, 2015

    What is not mentioned, today, promotion of contraceptives. More women are ingesting and using them, placing them in their bodies and at a younger age. Is it any wonder that more women in D/ca and young ones have developed cancer of the breasts? Are the authorities not aware that these are primary cancer-causing agents?
    What TV and Radio programs do you view and listen to? I hear this especially on US Catholic Radio/TV – EWTN – Eternal Word Television Global Network informative programs.
    Planned Parenthood has been operating in D/ca since the 1980’s or before. This non profit organization operates under the banner of helping women. Really? To a certain extent but they have been instrumental in providing contraceptives for women, some young ones since then.
    I, personally view Planned Parenthood as a deceiver, a suppressor of child births.
    Why not perform a research into this? This could be the number one cause of breast cancer and cancer of the cervix.

  3. silversliver
    November 9, 2015

    There seem to be high rates of cancer in Dominica, not just breast cancer. There are high rates of prostate, stomach, cervical, uterine and other cancers. The epidemiologist need to investigate that! They should look at the rate in different areas of Dominica and in other Carribbean islands to compare.

    • anonymous2
      November 11, 2015

      The information is already available and researched. This is worldwide, not just in the Caribbean.

  4. Channel 1
    November 9, 2015

    Women in Dominica need to seriously pay immediate attention to their weight. Ofcourse concern is women in the age range of 18 – 40yrs. Women, you all should not flaunt obesity as a style. Obesity is a major risk factor for a number of health problems.

    How can an island like Dominica which is so mountainous and filled with so many ways to keep physically active have women folk who are so big? Why are a large percentage of our young women so fat? Diets too high in fatty foods? Laziness? Inability or unwillingness to engage in meaningful physical exercise? A predilection for remaining immobile due to watching a lot of TV or constantly immersing oneself in near meaningless things such as facebook, instagram or twitter?

    Women must realize that there is absolutely no need for them to look like hippopotamuses. I repeat – obesity should not be flaunted as a style.

    • The Real Facts
      November 9, 2015

      One of the causes is, today people do not walk as they used to. They drive or get a ride or take a bus. Gone are the days of long walking. These were forms of exercise.
      Another example, I recall those days when many Catholics of all would walk miles to Church and school. This would be their daily exercise which kept them slim and fit. Walking digested their food and circulated the blood. No more of walking far.
      Yes! Viewing TV, talking on the telephone, technology, these comforts at home, in general are contributing factors for lack of exercise.
      Times have changed in D/ca and so do people. There is a price to pay for that, for progress. They will have to watch what they eat and decrease all unnecessary food and drink intake from their diet.

    • Concerned
      November 9, 2015

      Channel 1, they call it PHAT these days. Pretty sick I say.

      • Channel 1
        November 10, 2015

        @Concerned – I hear that fat people shouldn’t be called fat. Some people claim it is too harsh.

        I hear that instead of saying somebody is fat, one should instead say that such persons are “horizontally-challenged” :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • SimplyDominican
      November 10, 2015

      Don’t speak to fast. Wait until it hit home. Regardless of size, meg people get cancer too.
      If someone is Fat, i don’t expect them to do nothing about it, but they cannot downpress themselves, they have to feel good and fit in like MEG people.

      While some hippopotamuses are quite happy, though struggling with weight loss, some MEG people dies with all sorts of sicknesses.

      I realise you are smaller in size, but don’t just jump on like that, you don’t know the struggles some have been through!
      PS. I am not saying FAT is healthy, all I’m saying be more sincere, we are all human beings.

  5. cameron
    November 9, 2015

    Young women stay away from the processed food,this is one of the main cuprits stop eating kfc and the canned goods.

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