The music of flutes and drums became part of the sound track of the bustling centre of Castries this afternoon, as the Pan American Life Insurance Company joined forces with several other groups today to stage a public awareness march on cancer.
The initiative was supported by the Bureau of Health Education, Faces of Cancer, the Saint Lucia Cancer Society, the Oncology Centre, the Silver Shadows Dance Academy, Radio Caribbean International and several students from schools in Castries.
Unit Manager at Pan American Life Insurance Company, Yasmin Steele told the Times that the decision was taken to have the march around lunchtime in the heart of the City, to encourage people who would have been on their lunch break, to get tested and join the fight against cancer.
“Breast cancer in women is the leading cause of death in Saint Lucia and men do get cancer which is something that a lot of people do not know, so men need to get their breasts tested as well,” Steele disclosed.
According to her, cancer is very prevalent in the society.
“It is alarming,” Steele declared, adding that once detected early, the battle against cancer can be won.