Cancer health fair next month

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is holding a cancer health fair in Cayman next month to raise awareness about the disease.

At the free event, members of the public can learn more about the cancer risks they face and how to minimise them.

Jennifer Weber of the Cancer Society said 12 physicians would be on hand at the Conquering Cancer II, Let’s Fight Cancer Together health fair at the Marriott Hotel ballroom on Saturday, 10 September.

“We have physicians coming from near and far, from Baptist International, Johns Hopkins, Oncology Referral Network of America, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami Health System, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital and the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority,” Ms Weber said.

The health fair, which is held every two years, will cover a wide range of cancer-related topics and will address all kinds of cancers, including lung, bone, melanoma, thyroid, colon and pancreatic cancers, with specialists in those fields holding individual 20-minute seminars for the public.

“The fair is going to have all the latest and newest information, including robotic surgery and diagnoses and staging of various kinds of cancers,” said Ms Weber.

Thirty exhibitors will have booths at the event, including restaurants and stores that promote health foods and stalls offering health screenings for body mass index, blood pressure, bone density and cholesterol.

At another booth, medical students will interview people about lifestyle, eating and exercise choices to help people assess their cancer risks and advise them on how to lower their risks.

The health fair begins at 8.30am and ends at 2pm. Healthy refreshments will be served and there will be lots of samples and giveaways, Ms Weber said. There will also be 12 prizes for attendees.

“This is open to everyone. It’s a free event and we hope all the people who could benefit from all this information that will be available will have access to it,” said Ms Weber.

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