Mines, geology division to host breast cancer session

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Mines, geology division to host breast cancer session

Sunday, October 20, 2019

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THE Mines and Geology Division of the Ministry of Transport and Mining is set to host a lunch-hour session in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The division says it recognises the importance of sensitising staff and other key stakeholders to the seriousness of breast cancer and how it affects women and by extension our families.

The lunch-hour session is slated for Thursday, October 24 at the Mines and Geology Division training room, located at Hope Gardens, Kingston 6, starting at 1:00 pm.

The division opens an invitation to members of the public who are interested in sharing and learning about the disease.

The session will feature a panel discussion with Dr Sasha-Kaye Blackwood, medical doctor, the University Hospital of the West Indies and two breast cancer survivors — Winsome Exell and Marvette Johnson.

It it intended to be a heartfelt discussion that seeks to educate persons about the causes, risk factors, symptoms, prevention treatment as well as the experience of living and overcoming cancer.

A special invite is issued to men in order to understand how to provide adequate support to their partners or family members as well as to enlighten them on the less common issue of male breast cancer. Commissioner of Mines, Roy Nicholson, is urging everyone to attend.

“At the Mines and Geology Division we try to play our part by sensitising staff and our networks on topical issues affecting our society. Breast cancer is a monster and I believe we can defeat it. This session will definitely go a far way in helping the fight, as knowledge is power and adequate support wins victories.”

To participate in the lunch-hour session on breast cancer awareness, persons are asked to RSVP by e-mailing an interest to fbarracks@mgd.gov.jm or call 876- 927-1936.

The Mines and Geology Division administers the mining and quarrying laws of Jamaica and represents geological research and development portfolio of the Ministry of Transport and Mining.

The division monitors all prospecting, exploration, mining and quarrying operations as well investigates, appraises and communicates information on all aspects of the geology of the island.

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