The Cayman Islands Cancer Society recently hosted an appreciation evening to say thank you to doctors who assist the Society with its Cervical Cancer Screening programme.
These doctors volunteer to do free Pap smears for the Society, many of them on a year-round basis. The Health Service Authority arranges for the samples to be in examined in their laboratory, at a special rate negotiated by the Society.
The Pap smear is a simple but effective test to screen for cervical cancer. In countries with organised screening programs the incidence of cervical cancer has been significantly reduced.
Over the last year, the Society has provided more than 300 women with vouchers for free Pap smears. A grant from State Street Cayman Trust Company, Ltd. through the State Street Foundation will fund the cost of the screening program during 2009.
The Society recommends that females over the age of 18 years or who are sexually active have a Pap smear at least once every two years.
The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to preventing the development of cancer through its education programs and screening initiatives as well as providing financial assistance to cancer patients and their families with treatment related expenses.
The Society funds its programs 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 or on its Cervical Cancer Awareness initiatives call 949-7618 or email [email protected].