Society wants cancer registry

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society was pleased to learn of the recent passage of the Tobacco Act in the Legislative Assembly.

For a number of years the Society has advocated legislation to govern the sale, promotion and use of tobacco. It is a momentous day in the history of the Society that this legislation has now been passed.

The directors of the Society would like to Mr. Anthony Eden, Minister of Health and Human Services, for his dedication to seeing this legislation go before the Assembly, as well as the other members of the Legislative Assembly for their support.

Part of the Society’s mission is to lobby all stakeholders on cancer-related issues that benefit the Caymanian community. Having successfully done so with tobacco legislation, the Society will now turn its attention to the development of a cancer registry for the Cayman Islands. Such a registry will provide much needed information and statistics about the cancer situation in Cayman. It will help the Society and other agencies in evaluating existing programmes and in their strategic planning processes including the allocation of resources and the development of programmes for the years ahead. The Society looks forward to working in concert with the relevant Government Ministries and agencies to make this vital tool in the fight against cancer a reality.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to preventing the development of cancer through its education programmes and screening initiatives as well as providing financial assistance to cancer patients and their families with treatment related expenses. The Society also offers counselling and support to cancer patients and their families. The Society funds its programmes through fundraising events and donations from the public and from the corporate sector whose generosity is very much appreciated. For more information on the Society call 949-7618 or email [email protected].