Acting 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.