[www.inewsguyana.com] – In support of Cancer Awareness Month 2015, the Indian Action Committee (IAC) in collaboration with the Cancer Institute of Guyana and Texilla American University will be hosting its Cancer Awareness and Health Fair on Saturday October 31, 2015 at the IAC Office which is located at 1762 Railway Embankment, Cummings Lodge.
The event is slated to commence at 10:00 hrs and conclude at 13:00 hrs. A press release from IAC noted that doctors, nurses, consultants from the Cancer Institute of Guyana and students of the Texilla American University will provide to the public a wide range of health services such as Blood Pressure Testing, Blood Gluscose Testing, Blood Mass Index, Dental check ups as well as the distribution of flyers and brochures on a range of topics such as mammograms, diabetes, hypertension, alcohol, tobacco use among many others.
“In light of this, the IAC would like to bring to the forefront that Breast Cancer does not discriminate; it affects persons of all ages, ethnic groups and income levels. Too often precious lives are lost or interrupted due to cancer.”
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported last year that there was a sharp rise in breast cancer worldwide. The report indicated that in 2012, 1.7 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer and there were 6.3 million women alive who had been diagnosed in the previous five years.
Since 2008 estimates, breast cancer cases have increased by more than 20 per cent, while mortality has increased by 14 per cent.
“IAC over the years, sought to engage members of the public domain in its activities whether it be a cultural event or one that seeks to educate persons on various social issues. This time however, the Committee for the first time has decided to embark upon a health outreach programme which will allow the public to take advantage of the various health services that will be provided free of cost.”