Cervical cancer on the rise

cervical cancerWith 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.


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  1. supporter
    April 23, 2014

    this is where medical marjuana comes in.ladies drink a small tea cup of high grade marijuana tea every morning and your life will improve.this tea will get rid of cancer cells.go and research.

  2. Lycian
    April 22, 2014

    It would be good if the HPV vaccine can be introduced in Dominica. It prevents the HPV virus from turning into cancer

    • June 6, 2014

      It would be a good thing. But it would be even better if you could keep the virus off he island. Bring in a policy of “abstinence” and promote a Christian lifestyle.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  3. trouble
    April 21, 2014

    I know some decent women and wives in Dominica who are faithful to the husbands and boyfriend and they have sexually transmitted diseases. Why because some of these men sleep with both men and women and the germs are spread like wild fire. Some women who are married in Dominica know their husbands are cheating and still stay with them and they now realizing they have a transmitted sexual disease.

    Not only the young men cheating, the older men are cheating with young girls too. It is so sad in this day and age we do not know who have what, and with people strap for money, they sleep with anyone for survival and some of these young people would sleep with anyone to get some latest stuff. We must police our own selves and don’t take anyone for granted man or woman.

  4. lick
    April 20, 2014

    mostly prostitutes get this.

  5. dan
    April 20, 2014

    Ppl wake up cant you see cancer is a big bisness in our world today, the rich getting richer an the poor getting poorer

  6. lovely Dominica
    April 20, 2014

    It’s all well and good to encourage women to take care of themselves but we need more than that. A few years ago a pap smear was done on a young woman and there was some abnormalities with the results. The lab did not know what it was nor did the Doctor. All the doctor said was , don’t worry. Went overseas and found out it was the hpv virus..yes the very same virus that causes cervical cancer. Maybe the reason why cervical cancer is on the increase is because hpv is not being diagnosed. If it is not caught early then it cannot be treated early

  7. Anonymous
    April 19, 2014

    Cancer is horribly heartbeating. So many people have died and suffered.

    A large percentage of cervical cancer is believed to be caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccines are available and condom usage with every sexual intercourse should be encouraged.

  8. Tina Alexander
    April 19, 2014

    Pap smears are free here but not everywhere in the Americas. please sign the petition http://www.endcervicalcancernow.org .

    In Dominica we need to promote faithfulness and health.

    We also look forward to a vaccine that can be given to our children to reduce the virus in the whole population.

    • May 12, 2014

      Just teach your children “No sex before marriage”, and give them an example to follow.

      Promoting the vaccine sends out a dangerous message and creates a false security. What you are saying “Here is how to fornicate and avoid the consequences.”

      The vaccine does not protect against HIV or the other sexually transmitted diseases. It does nor prevent unwanted pregnancy.

      You have allowed a permissive society to grow up around you that now has 50% of the babies being born to unwed mothers. This has increased the spread of disease, teenagers dropping out of school, single mothers struggling to support children, and boys and girls growing up without the presence of a father figure in the home.

      And now you are fussing about a vaccine?

      You encourage the use of condoms. Yes some viruses are so thin they can pass through a condom. Condoms have been known to slip off or break. Some sexual transmitted diseases can be passed on without the exchange of bodily fluids. Neither condoms nor a vaccine will prevent the emotional stress and psychological problems that can be created by premarital sex over a period of time. You don’t believe me? Just follow Bella’s Column for a few months!

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist. Pastoral Counselor.


  9. April 19, 2014

    Cervical cancer may be one of the most treatable cancers if it is caught early. But along with AIDS it is also one of the most preventable fatal diseases. A lot of money is being spent to educate people on how to avoid cervical cancer and AIDS. They are teaching the public how to detect cervical cancer and HIV early and hopefully begin treatment. This is valuable life saving information. I respect those who are working in this field and appreciate their contribution.

    But it would be better to be teach and promote the Christian lifestyle which includes abstinence before marriage and chastity in a Biblical (man and woman monogamous) marriage. Excuse me for being blunt but if people would stop fornicating and buggering we would soon see a big drop in the increase of cervical cancer and HIV rates.

    This is an inconvenient truth the secular world does not want to hear. However, the measure of its success is the measure it is believed and put into practice. Any community that has from 40% to 50 % of its babies being born out of wedlock is obviously an area where most of the people think it is O.K. to fornicate. The answer is not to do more testing or invent another pill. The answer is the gos-pill! Start obeying God.

    No need to shoot the messenger. Just be objective.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  10. j
    April 18, 2014

    Women can get cervical cancer from their promiscuous men some live their lives being faithful and these nasty men will run around and bring this HPV virus to them

    • June 6, 2014

      Nobody said it is always the woman’s fault. :(

      Too many good woman have become infected by husbands who are on the down-low. :twisted: Not enough is being done to stop the practice of homosexual and bisexual lifestyles. I am including my own nation (Canada) in this. Welcome to Sodom of the north where homosexuality is legal and buggery is celebrated. :wink:

      These diseases are spreading because both men and women who are HIV positive are having unprotected sex without telling their partners they have tested positive. One man – a gay airline steward – infected over 200 other men across North America – AFTER he was informed that he had tested positive for HIV. One woman who knew she had been infected by a bi man worked as a prostitute until she had infected numerous men in and around an army base in Ontario, Canada. Some of these men were married and took the virus home to their wives.

      These are the worse cases – married women – who don’t know their husbands have been infected by a homosexual or bisexual man, or by a woman who has been with a bisexual man. These women usually trust their husbands and know nothing about what is going on. Some of them give birth to infected babies. :cry:

      Then I hear fools :roll: saying such ridiculous things as:

      “Homosexuality is victimless behavior.

      “What they do behind closed doors is nobody’s business.”

      “Thy aren’t hurting anybody.”

      “No government or church has any right to tell me who I can love.”

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  11. Tina Alexander
    April 18, 2014

    Cervical cancer may be the second most common cancer cause of death in women but in the general population PROSTATE cancer causes the most deaths. Congrats to women for taking charge of their health with pap smears and condoms. Men please follow suit and get your check up.

    Early detection of abnormal cells usually means succesful prevention of cervical cancer. If you do get a worrying result and cannot afford the treatment at the hospital get in touch with the Dominican Cancer Society domcancersociety@gmail.com

    • anonymous2
      April 19, 2014

      Prostate cancer falls into the category of estrogenically caused cancers. Want to avoid it? Stay away from the pesticides and herbicides like Round-up, Gramasone,, moth balls with benzene,plastics, hormone chicken (and other meats).

      • May 2, 2014

        Valuable information. :idea: Why is this knowledge not been spread abroad?

        Thank you for sharing! :-P

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  12. true
    April 18, 2014

    Great article

  13. Sanity
    April 17, 2014

    Women lets take care of our bodies. Plz abstain from sex until u are married. Do not sleep around. Be faithful. Do not sleep with any man who is not faithful to u. Do not expect a man to put your health first. Only u can do that. Get your annual physical and exercise eat healthy. Pray and stay positive. We do our best and let God do the rest. Let’s pass on the knowledge not our bodies.

  14. biad
    April 17, 2014

    Dcan women stop buying all these expensive cell phones and clothes and invest in y health….

    • Anonymous
      April 22, 2014

      Don’t mean to like or comment…sorry its dumbb

  15. moving ahead
    April 17, 2014

    As claimed well if hiv is the cure for homosexuality as claimed then cervical cancer is the cure for womens’ infidelity and promiscuity but job a serious issue non the less good job kathleen educate the masses

    • biad
      April 17, 2014

      I hope who are not ignorant as you write…many people living on the African continent or Asia living with HIV/AIDS are heterosexuals (having sex with opposite sex)…a woman can also develop cervical cancer and could have had only 1 sexual partner…the level of ignorance in our beautiful land is what have us behind all the time

      • April 18, 2014


        However, most hetero sexual women with HIV contacted it from boyfriends or husbands (or casual encounters) who are bi sexual and contacted it from homosexual or bi men.

        By the same token some hetero sexual men have contacted it from women who contacted it from bi sexual men who contacted it from homosexual or bi men.

        The bottom line is homosexual activity remains the main reason for the spread of HIV even if the contacts are indirect.

        The best protection against HIV and all sexually transmitted diseases is abstinence before marriage and faithfulness within a traditional (Biblical man – woman monogamous) marriage. This is only part of the larger Christian lifestyle found in the New Testament.

        A vaccination is now being marketed to prevent cervical cancer. The possible side effects are not all known yet. It does not prevent HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

        The use of condoms to prevent disease is over rated. They have been known to slip off, leak, or brake. Not all sexually transmitted diseases are caused by the transmission of body fluids or the bare contact of the penis and the vagina.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist, Counselor, and Author.

    • Anonymous
      April 17, 2014

      HIv is not a cure for homosexuality you need to read a little more and educate yourself . Safe sex is what is important using condoms and bring in a monogamous relationship .

    • winston warrington
      April 18, 2014

      The worst affliction in our society is the massive ignorance that seems to perpetuate itself with such energy; it’s unreal. Ignorance is a mind killer!

  16. Observer
    April 17, 2014

    Women take responsibility for you health and do a pap smear every year form age 25….What is so hard about that?…It is free at the Health Clinic. Dying from cervical cancer must be horrific compared to doing a simple pap smear procedure. MEN CARRY A LOT OF NASTY DISEASES THESE DAYS SO WOMEN MUST BE MORE VIGILANT….

  17. bookey
    April 17, 2014

    Get young people vaccinated for HPV – human pappiloma virus – that causes this cancer. And the movie star Michael Douglas said he got throat cancer from the same HPV virus (was he saying he got to Go Down a lot?)

    • anonymous2
      April 18, 2014

      Vaccinations do not cure nor prevent disease. That is a fallacy. The only people getting polio and whooping cough these days are the ones that took the shots. If you want cancer, get a shot.

      • April 24, 2014

        It is totally irresponsible for you to make a statement like this. We do not discourage people from receiving a vaccination unless it has been shown that particular vaccine is harmful and then it should be pulled off he market.

        There are vaccinations that have been proven effective against certain diseases. To discourage people from receiving these vaccines is the wrong thing to do if there is a flu coming. I am especially concerned for children.

        Because of flawed studies some untruthful reports have been published. People have decided against taking certain vaccines . Children s lives have been placed at risk.

        It is the wrong use of HPV vaccinations we are opposed to. People who receive a vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted disease do it so they can sin and avoid the consequences. These are preventable diseases. If people are not at risk there is no need for a vaccine. A vaccine for any sexually transmitted disease tends to create a false security. It does not protect against the other sexually transmitted diseases nor pregnancy. Nor does it protect a woman from the emotional devastation that sometimes follows when the man leaves her and she realizes she was used. This is worse still if he leaves her with a disease or a child.

        There is a better defence against cervical cancer. Simply do not fornicate! Abstinence is the only sure protection. Live a pure life. Sex with an infected partner is not the cause of all cancer. But it is certainly a major cause of certain types of cancer. A loose permissive lifestyle is the reason for the rapid spread of cervical cancer.

        If you honestly want to beat HPV along with HIV stop trying to be politically correct and start telling people the truth from the grass roots up. Let the God given moral code
        found in Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9,10, 18-20, 1 Timothy 1 9,10, and Jude vs. 7. Let it be taught to children at home, in the schools, and in church. Let the laws of the land reflect the laws of God.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist, Pastoral Counselor, Author.

  18. udony
    April 17, 2014

    You need to tell you women once you reach the age of 21and you are sexually active, you have to get your self checked every year. Some women are afraid to go to the doctor because of some perverts out there. They know themselves.

  19. Anonymous
    April 17, 2014

    My aunt petro died from it while studying in collage.
    I’m for this awareness.

  20. Morihei Ueshiba
    April 17, 2014

    Fantastic, a doctor starves to death where there is good health. 8)

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