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BVI to implement confidential cancer registry by January

Medical Oncologist at the BVI Health Services Authority, Dr Elizabeth Dos Santos.

By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff

The BVI has moved to join other countries in the Caribbean and Latin American to establish a local cancer registry by January.

This move is being made in consideration of statistics which shows that the Caribbean is the most affected region in the entire Americas in relation cancer-related deaths.

That’s according to Principal Investigator at the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) Caribbean Registry Hub, Dr Glennis Andall-Brereton.

Dr Glennis Andall-Brereton

While speaking on Thursday at a cancer forum at Peebles Hospital in Road Town, Andall-Brereton said: “We did some research comparing the cancer mortality data in the Caribbean countries compared to the US, and the USVI, and what we are seeing is for some cancers, particularly cervical and prostate cancer we are two to nine times higher in our part of the world.”

“There is a long way to go … our data is really not up to par with the rest of the world,” she said, adding that those statistics need to be improved.

In that vein, she noted that having a cancer registry will assist with cancer control through surveillance, planning, and prevention.

Andall-Brereton said regional health organisations have been working towards that goal since 2015. The goal, she said, is part of a global initiative to strengthen cancer registration in low and middle-income countries.

Register will encourage cancer legislation

Meanwhile, NAACCR’s Executive Director Dr Besty Kohler also explained that with the registry, legislators will get a clearer understanding of the prevalence of cancer and will, in turn, be inclined to implement corresponding legislation to combat cancer.

Dr Betsy Kohler

Medical Oncologist at the BVI Health Services Authority Dr Elizabeth Dos Santos told BVI News that work on the cancer registry is at least 60 percent complete.

She said the cancer experts who are currently visiting the territory will help catapult the local cancer-reduction movement by assisting the BVI to implement a cancer register by January 1, among other things.

“That is obviously a long process,” she noted.

The registry will be for the entire population and confidentiality will be high on their priority list, she further said.

The process of implementing the registry is being partly funded by the Ministry of Health and regional health agencies such as CARPHA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.


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  1. unfortunately says:

    nothing is confidential in the BVI

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  2. Life not ours says:

    One can only wonder, why?

    But when every single item wear and consume is imported, the possibility of food and medical terrorism is real.

    And we have no way of testing our foods or medicine before distribution to the public.

    Therefore, we must trust the cooperations and conglamorates with our life, when within many of them exist grave racial prejudices.

    Our lives are daily in the hands of others.

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  3. LOL says:

    Confidential? BVI? WHENNNNNNNNN???????

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    • Over a DECADE Agoo says:

      I remember more than a decade ago DR. YEE SING a former surgeon at BVIHSA made this very same recommendation on a local TV channel.

      The host of the show was Sakia Barnes.

      Good to see it’s back again on the agenda, this time all dressed up as a new innovation…or discovery.

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  4. It's time says:

    Thank you, Dr. Dos Santos, for enlightening us and helping to bring these facts to the forefront. Ignorance is never the best policy where health issues are concerned. Keep up the good fight.

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