Assistant Principal Nursing Officer, Tecla Jn. Baptiste, has expressed concern about the impact of prostate cancer on Saint Lucian men.
‘We are losing our men through prostate cancer,” Jn. Baptiste asserted, adding that this has implications for families and the population as a whole.
The Assistant Principal Nursing Officer believes that men are pillars of the family structure, according to the Communications Unit of the Ministry of Health.
She called on men to visit Wellness Centres to be educated on the disease and access the services that are available.
Jn. Baptiste told the Communications Unit that the primary aim is to avoid preventable deaths and reduce illness caused by cancers.
“Services are available at the various Wellness Centres island wide. Our services include – pap smear, breast examinations, prostate exams and also testicular exams for men. It is free of cost to the public, therefore we are urging persons to access the services,” the senior health official explained.
World Cancer Day will be observed on February 4, 2018 under the theme – ‘We can. I can.’
Cancer has been identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the second leading cause of death globally, claiming an estimated 8.8 million lives in 2015.
The number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades, WHO has said.