Cancer awareness in focus

Special series begins Friday

A series of cancer awareness activities will be held Friday and Saturday courtesy of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society under the theme Conquering Cancer – Let’s Fight Cancer Together.

The events will include speakers from the Cayman Islands and around the world. Attendees can interact with the speakers on a one-to-one basis.

The first event on Friday will be at St. Matthews University School of Medicine beginning with refreshments at 5.30pm and followed by three presentations beginning at 6.30pm. The evening will be for doctors and allied professions, as well as medical students and attendees will receive continuing education credit. Speakers will be Dr. Steven Fein and Dr. Avelino Piñon from Baptist International in Miami and Dr. James Akinwunmi who is a visiting neurosurgeon at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital from the United Kingdom.

The second event is free, open to the public and will be on Saturday from 9am – 2pm at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on West Bay Road. The Society and its partners for the event, Baptist International and Celebrations, are inviting everyone to join them at this day of awareness and education.

There will be 14 educational awareness sessions throughout the day, opportunities to learn about your individual cancer risk and what you can do to lower it and a number of booths promoting cancer and other health-related services available in the Cayman Islands. Vouchers will be given for free Pap smears, mammograms and PSA blood tests for individuals who do not have health insurance coverage. Cancer survivors will be on-hand to share their inspirational stories of survival and there will also be prizes.

Refreshments will also be served throughout the day.

Who they are

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the development of cancer through an array of education programs and screening initiatives. It also provides financial assistance to cancer patients for treatment-related expenses. The Society offers counselling and support to cancer patients and their families. It is the leader in issues pertaining to cancer control in the Cayman Islands. The Society’s programs and assistance are funded through events and donations from the public and from the corporate sector.

For more information please call 949-7618 or email [email protected].