KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — In observance of World Cancer Awareness Day on Friday the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) will be coordinating a number of activities with the key focus being on screenings.

Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, outlined that the focus this year is on women, due to the fact that cervical cancer has become a major concern.

“It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Jamaican women, affecting mainly those between the ages of 30 and 50 years,” she noted.

Cervical cancer can very often be successfully treated when it is discovered early by carrying out a pap smear to determine whether there is the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV)

It is usually recommended that women over the age of 21 get screened annually in order to detect any cell abnormalities in the cervix.

On April 6, the JCS will be offering pap smear testing at a reduced rate of $2,430 to members of the Society and $2,565 to non-members.

All major health insurance cards will be accepted and the first 50 women who arrive on the day for screening will be tested at no cost.

The JCS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a mission to “eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica”, through cancer education, counselling and outreach initiatives.

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