Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Cancer Society Father Franklyn Cuffy is hoping to rally cancer patients on the island to seek justice for those who may have developed cancer as a result of extensive use of oral contraceptives.
Cuffy, who has been very critical of the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association, said the Cancer Society is very concerned about the circulation of oral contraceptives in Dominica.
“We need to look at that seriously… just as people put up cases to make the companies pay I am hoping we can have a class case for those distributing it. We are hoping to make the companies an example,” he said.
Over the last 15 years, various studies examining the use of oral contraceptives as a risk factor of breast cancer have produced inconsistent results.
In fact, while most have found no overall increase risk for breast cancer associated with oral contraceptives use, in June 1995 investigators at the National Cancer Institute reported risks for breast cancer associated with developing breast cancer among women under the age of 35, who have used birth control pills for at least six months, compared to those who had never used them.
“We will, at the end of our campaign do our investigations and find out who are the cancer survivors who may have been using OC s. The research is there and it’s the survivors who need to realize that they have been affected by the OC’s. I hope we can do the research in Dominica by ourselves,” Cuffy said.