Residents urged to get screened for cancer

Residents here are being urged to get screened for cancer to boost survival rates for the disease and lessen national costs.

Speaking at the 6th Annual Conference for Cancer Support Services yesterday, Acting Minister of Health, Donville Inniss said cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death in Barbados after cardiovascular diseases.

“We need to make sure we focus on detection and early diagnosis. If we are not getting it right at the primary care level we’re going to be spending a lot more at the tertiary care level when people have been hospitalized,” he said.

Citing the high prevalence of breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer in Barbados, Innis stressed that the Government could not handle the financial burden alone.

“These things do cost a bit of money,” he said, while adding that Government would welcome any assistance it could get.

6 Responses to Residents urged to get screened for cancer

  1. Alex Alleyne June 25, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Maybe Innis get a call from one of he buddies on BELVILLE cos we all know that most times the MACHINES at the Hospital are broken down ….(so we are told), then you are sent off to BELVILLE and the DOCS clean out your bank account. That is one “over priced” AVE.

  2. Katrina Sealy
    Katrina Sealy June 25, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    While this is a very important issue why not educate your physicians not to sweep patient concerns under the rug.

    The health care system needs mandates for patient records and coding criteria.

    Additionally encourage physicians to properly practice by giving them the equipment needed. Sorry, but this hit home for me. You can tell people to get screen, but when providers aren’t following through on their end it’s a major problem that needs to be addressed.

    • Caroline Clarke
      Caroline Clarke June 25, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      That’s so true .When you ask for certain test to be done because you feel a bit uncertain about something the doc says that in nothing I will monitor it and by the time he done monitor it you dead

  3. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis June 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I get my cancer test yearly

  4. Belfast June 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Perhaps he should have given this advice to Barbados at the last general election.

  5. Jennifer June 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    What happens when the cause of the cancer is of cancer. Cancer for cancer. oh dear, this is like running from the gun and butting up in the bullet. Mind you the gun runners, selling the bullets too.


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