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Free cancer screening offered today for World Cancer Day

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To commemorate World Cancer Day 2017, the Community Nursing Services in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will host an “open-day” at Kingstown Health Centre today, Tuesday, February 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In St Vincent and the Grenadines, cancer was the leading cause of death in 2014. One hundred and sixty eight persons died as a result of malignant neoplasm. Breast cancer was the leading cause of deaths among females, and prostate cancer among males.

A release from the Ministry of Health encouraged persons to attend the Health Centre to have health screening for cancer done. A special appeal is being made for males from the age of 40 years to attend the Health Centre to have prostate examinations and other health related screening for cancer done.

The Ministry also reminded persons that cancer prevention is action taken to lower the risk of getting cancer. This can include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding exposure to known cancer-causing substances like tobacco smoke, and taking medicines or vaccines that can prevent cancer from developing.

World Cancer Day was commemorated all across the world on February 4, 2017, under the theme “We can. I can”.

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