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Jamaica Cancer Society receives mammography unit

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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IN a bid to help in carrying out the mission of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) — “to eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica” — Sagicor Foundation donated a much-needed mammography work station unit to the JCS at a handover event on Thursday.

Known as a picture-archiving and communication system (PACS), the unit consists of three monitors and a CPU, which will aid in making the mammography screening process more efficient for patients who visit the JCS.

Yulit Gordon, executive director of the JCS, expressed her gratitude to Sagicor Foundation, noting that this specialised equipment will place the society on the cutting edge of technology and will significantly improve the efficiency of the JCS's operations, a release said.

Some of the benefits of PACS include secure transmission of patients' mammogram images to anywhere in the world for review by referring physicians and minimising the need for retakes of images, which will significantly reduce the wait time for patients' results.

Additionally, Gordon noted that the JCS will save approximately $3 million annually because of the new equipment.

President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica Christopher Zacca, in his address, highlighted Sagicor's long-standing commitment to the JCS, noting that this donation will go a far way in helping with early detection of cancer, which can increase patients' chances of survival.

“Sagicor has long been a committed supporter of the Jamaica Cancer Society and its various initiatives and activities aimed at and centred on raising awareness about cancer prevention and control... Sagicor stands behind you in this fight, and we will continue to throw our full support behind you as together we tackle this monster”, he said.

According to recent studies conducted by The University of the West Indies, approximately 60 per cent of breast cancer cases diagnosed in Jamaica are among women brtween the ages 25 and 55 years old. It is also estimated that one in 21 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which is the leading cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Jamaican women.

“Sustained public education on breast self-examinations, clinical examinations and annual mammograms are key strategies to detecting breast cancer in its early stages,” Gordon added.

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