Today is World Cancer Day and the Dominica Cancer Society is calling each individual to be proactive about their health.
Every year, the February 4th of is observed globally as World Cancer Day. The aim is to make people aware of this often-fatal disease and promote its prevention, detection and treatment.
The campaign theme for 2019-2021 is ‘I am and I will’.
President of the Dominica Cancer Society, Yvonne Alexander is deeply concerned about the increasing number of cancer diagnoses on island.
She was speaking at a thanksgiving mas this past Sunday in Portsmouth.
Alexander insists that cancer is not a death sentence and encourages regular checkup for early detection.
“The Dominica Cancer Society once again encourages everyone to take personal responsibility for their health, she said.
“Make healthy lifestyle choices including partaking in more natural foods with daily servings of fruit and vegetables,” she advised “engage in some form of regular physical activity, reduce stress because there are studies showing that stress can result in cancer diagnoses.
Alexander adds, “Most importantly, make regular screening a part of your lifestyle. It is very discouraging to hear that there are women who have not had a pap smear in more than 10 years or who do not know how to do a breast self-exam.”
She also spoke directly to men appealing to them to get regular prostate exams.