Arrindell promotes early cancer screening

POSTED: 02/6/12 2:17 PM

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell calls on women and men to seek early screening to detect cancer promptly as that is the key to reducing the nearly eight million deaths caused by cancer across the globe annually. The urging is part of a statement she issued Sunday to coincide with the international observance of World Cancer Day. The theme for this year’s observance is “Together it is Possible.”

“It’s critically important to take your screening as prescribed by your family physician. This fact hit home, when just this past week a very good friend of mine shared with me her fear of perhaps having breast cancer. I hope and pray for her that her diagnosis is not life threatening. Early screening and vaccinations, especially the latter, can prevent infections associated with cancers.

Vaccination is available against cervical cancer, which is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and liver cancer, which results from infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV).  I appeal to the women of this great country to make it a priority when it comes to preventive health and get screened and also look into the aforementioned vaccinations that can prevent cancer,” Arrindell said.

“Breast cancer is currently the top cancer in women worldwide, both in developed and the developing world. Together it is possible to reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. I would like to commend local cancer awareness groups who deserve our continued support as a community in their efforts to educate the populace,” Arrindell also said Sunday.

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