With cervical cancer being the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths on the island, a warning is being sounded that women need not to die of the deadly disease.
“Women need not to die of such a treatable cancer,” president of the Dominica Cancer Society, Kathleen Cornelius, said. “Cervical cancer is one of the most treatable cancers.”
According to statistics from the ministry of health between 2006 to 2012 there has been 96 reported cases of cervical cancer in Dominica.
To make matters worst, those who die from the disease are usually within the age range of 25 and 65 and has been described as the “most productive sector” of the Dominican society.
This has Cornelius worried.
“It appears cancers of all types are on the increase and is a cause for concern especially if one considers the size of our population,” she stated. “It would at times appear that despite the many medical attainments, cancer generally remains one of those diseases which seems to present challenges to our health personel.”
She noted the cancer society has discovered that women who are diagnosed with the disease are diagnosed at a very late stage and often there are unfavorable recovery reports.
She pointed to early intervention as the best defense against the disease. “We need to work feverishly until every single individual in our society and further afield understand and share our sentiment that the best defense is early intervention,” she stated.
Cornelius was speaking on Wednesday at the third of a series of workshops in psycho-social training for cervical cancer.