Who Are We?
The Jamaica Cancer Society is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which was established in 1955 with a mandate to fight and defeat cancer in all its form. Through its mission “to eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica” the Jamaica Cancer Society provides the Jamaican public with a range of cancer control and prevention services which includes fixed and mobile screening for cancer of the breast, cervix uteri, and prostate at a highly subsidized user fee. Its public health education programmes on cancer of the breast, cervix uteri, prostate, lung, and colon are offered free of charge to corporate organisations, churches, schools, service and community groups. The Society also offers to the medical community, CME credits to participate in its medical symposiums. Provision of counselling and support for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families extends to hospital and home visits. Through its fundraising efforts, the Society offers financial aid to its most vulnerable customers to access diagnostic checks, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy services.
Cancer Statistics In Jamaica
According to the Jamaica Cancer Registry at the University of the West Indies, a total of 4981 cancers were recorded in Kingston and St. Andrew during the period 2003 to 2007 – 2536 in males and 2445 in females. Cancer of the prostate, breast, cervix, large bowel and bronchus remain the five most prevalent cancers in Jamaica. There were increases in the incidence of prostate cancer (ASR 65.5 vs 78.1 per 100,000 per annum), for colorectal cancer (ASR 13.7 vs 17.2 per 100,000 per annum), for cancer of the breast (ASR 40.1 vs 43 per 100,000 per annum). There was a decrease in the incidence of cancer of the bronchus (ASR 22.8 vs 18.6 per 100,000 per annum) and cancer of the cervix (ASR19 vs 17.4 per 100,000 per annum). In males the leading sites for cancer were prostate, bronchus and large bowel while in females the leading sites were breast, cervix uteri, and large bowel. Data for 2008 to 2012 are expected to be published by mid 2015.