Cancer Society seeks answers

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society has launched a cancer questionnaire targeted toward cancer sufferers and survivors, which it hopes will give a clearer picture about cancer trends in the Cayman Islands.

Although the Health Services Authority collects data on the cancer patients it sees, no authoritative information exists about cancer trends in Cayman, as many patients are treated off-island, explained CICS General Manager Christine Sanders.

She hopes the information gathered from the questionnaire will act as a precursor to the establishment of a national cancer registry in the Cayman Islands.

Mrs. Sanders said the society is asked on an almost daily basis for information about the most common forms on cancer in the Cayman Islands, and the disease’s prevalence here.

Although the study will not provide precise figures on cancer trends, the information gathered will give the CICS a better idea, while also helping inform what programmes and services the society should provide over the next five years.

Mrs. Sanders said those completing the survey are not required to submit their names, date or address. Although it targets those that have been affected by cancer, she said everyone is welcome to complete the questionnaire.

A copy of the questionnaire, which takes no more than 10 minutes to complete, is available from doctor’s offices and the Cancer Society office on Maple Road and will be distributed through the human resources department’s of some offices.

The survey is also available online, after the society recently partnered with Info Pro Consulting, a Caymanian company that creates and produces web based and hard copy versions of surveys and questionnaires.

For more information on the survey, visit www.cics.ky or call Christine Sanders at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society on 949-7618.

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