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Denial of illness killing persons – Cancer Society

President of the BVI Cancer Society, Gloria Fahie.

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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  1. E. Leonard says:

    Culturally, too many Virgin Islanders, especially males, do not seek medical care until the pain and suffering get too much to endure. The words “why you waited so long to seek help” from a physician are not comforting words. Additionally, the phrase, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care, is true and good advice worth taking to heart. Early detection can prevent major illnesses and premature death, improve quality of life, reduce medical cost, lessen burden on medical system ……….etc.

    Further, timely preventative care, testing and monitoring are vital for maintaining good health, heathly living and a positive peace of mind. Residents should closely follow doctors’ advice and take any warning signs seriously, bringing them quickly to the attention of medical professionals. We cannot pretend that having chronic diseases,ie, hypertension, diabetes……etc , along with other medical issues, is no big deal.

    Yes, they are and untreated can lead to premature death. Maintaining good health is not only an individual issue but also a family and national issue. Stay healthy, stay strong and be friends with your physcians.

    • RealPol says:

      Real talk. Ok men, let’s have our prostate check early, including a digital rectal exam (DRE). Don’t let cultural folly cause major health issues or even premature death. Prostate issues, including cancer, detected early are treatable. Early detection can save lives. If we don’t take care of us, who will? We are responsible for taking care of us so that we can be there to take care of our families.

  2. Maggie says:

    Pay attention to the noxious smoke which drifts from the burning rubbish at Pockwood Pond!
    Local residents have been complaining about this for years.
    For sure this contributes to certain cancers. Anywhere else in the world and there would be action taken to stop it!

    • Political Observer (PO) says:

      No doubt, a renewed and relentless focus on public safety, health and general welfare is needed. Toxic environment hazards, ie, emissions (burnings, incinerator emissions, car emissions, dust, toxic waste….etc) needs focus.

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