Jamaica Cancer Society looks to raise $20m for mobile mammography unitWednesday, February 01, 2017
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is appealing for donations to assist with the purchase of a new mammography machine for its mobile screening unit.
The unit, which was donated to the JCS in 2000, has been out of service since October 2015.
JCS Executive Director, Yulit Gordon, said the entity is in need of $20 million to replace the unit.
Gordon siad that the JCS has received a pledge of $10 million from last year’s Sagicor Sigma Run towards the acquisition of a new unit, which costs $30 million.
“Jamaica Cancer Society is ready to do more but we cannot do it alone. We need the support of every Jamaican. We are inviting the public to play their part and pledge a financial donation towards this target,” she said.
Individuals can make donations through the JCS Paypal account or cheques can be dropped off at the JCS offices in Kingston, St Ann and St Elizabeth.
Donations can also be made at the Bank of Nova Scotia, account number 800472 and at National Commercial Bank, account number 241639207 in the name of the Jamaica Cancer Society.
According to Gordon, breast cancer has been the leading cause of cancer-related death among Jamaican women for the last two decades but the good news is that it can be treated effectively if detected early.
“The mammogram remains the gold standard for detecting abnormality in breast tissue before it develops into cancer, so we have an opportunity here to reach more communities across the island with mobile screening and to bring early detection to more Jamaican women. With the mobile mammography programme, we are able to deliver on that,” she pointed out. We need to get the mobile mammography unit back on the road so that we can deliver on that mandate,” she stressed.
Gordon also explained that while the mobile unit is down, JCS has formed partnerships with medical facilities that provide radiology services to facilitate mammography services for its customers across the island.
Meanwhile, Gordon noted that while there has been a measurable increase in the level of public awareness of cancers, Jamaica still lags behind in terms of the number of persons accessing screening tests to detect the disease in its early stage where the chances of survival are high.
In 2016, JCS screened over 20,000 persons for cancers of the breast, cervix and prostate.
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