President of the BVI Cancer Society Gloria Fahie has called on members of the public to make use of the information technology era to monitor early signs of cancer.
Fahie said several persons have lost their lives recently because of living in denial.
“We are in the information age and you don’t need the BVI Cancer Society to tell you what’s going on,” she said.
“The onus should be on persons to research for themselves if they see a lump, a bruise that is not going away or healing. Persons need to empower themselves, to take charge of their own health and go to a doctor and ask questions. Sometimes just by googling you could find out.”
She said even subtle changes could be a precursor to a major disease such as cancer.
“I want persons to take more of an interest in what’s going on in their own bodies. Because when you have a subtle change that is not going away, there is a little voice in the back of your head saying something is wrong. It might not be wrong but work on it [to be sure]. Let the doctors tell you, and not only that, get a second opinion. Always have a second opinion. Some persons are dying because of their denial,” she added.
Irma impacts Cancer Society
The BVI Cancer Society president said they were slated to tackle ‘childhood cancers’ during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October but Hurricane Irma disrupted their plans and revenue stream.
“It is one of the months that we do most of our targeting for donations because, without the funds, we cannot do so much. So, that hurricane in itself, in more ways than one, caused a severe dent in the funds coming in,” she said.
Despite the cancer society’s low funds, the organisation plans to have a full schedule of activities this year. Activities will include a candlelight vigil on World Cancer Day on February 4.
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