St Lucia: Breast cancer has been one of the leading causes of death among women in St Lucia since 2006. Studies show that the risk of breast cancer increases with age, and most of these cases are diagnosed after age 50.
Cervical cancer is second most diagnosed cancer among women in St Lucia and the 3rd most diagnosed cancer among women between 15 and 44 years old. In addition, 20 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed per year, with approximately13deaths being recorded. Therefore, more than half of women diagnosed with cervical cancer die.
According to WHO (2022), Cervical cancer is referred to as a “silent killer”, and therefore with the implementation of early detection procedures such as pap smears, we can treat women diagnosed at an early stage, thus preventing premature death.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs (Primary Health Care Services) will be hosting a Women’s Health Fair on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at the Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre from 10 am to 5 pm.
1. Blood pressure, blood sugar and weight assessment
2. Mental Health assessment, counselling, and health education
3. Health education on breast self-examination, contraceptives, abnormal vaginal discharges
4. Pharmacy consultation and health education
5. Breast Examination and Pap smear
6. Gynecological consultation with Dr Claire Louisy and Dr Paulcus Lendor
7. Sexual and reproductive health consultation with Dr Shaelle Durand
8. Medical consultation with Dr Mervin Mark and Dr Rochelle Sadoo- Sexius
9. Nutritional assessments and health education
10. Sexually Transmitted Disease testing
11. Health education on gender-based violence and social services.
There will also be prizes to be won and a special presentation of gifts. The Ministry of Health looks forward to a great turnout. One may contact the Community Nursing Service at 468-5321, said the ministry.