Cervical Cancer Screening E-petition Officially Launched
Caribbean citizens are pleading with Caribbean Heads of Governments to increase funding for affordable Cervical Cancer Screening for women.
Each year, approximately 31,700 women in Latin America and the Caribbean die from cervical cancer.
The Caribbean is among the top four Sub-Regions in the World with incidences of cervical cancer and has the highest affliction of Human Papilloma Virus in the Americas.
Ms. Kathleen Cornelius, President of Dominica Cancer Society, made mention, that cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths among Caribbean women.
Vice President and Care Coordinator, Ms. Vinna Royer, added that the programme represents a sign of unity.
“A strong message needs to be sent to the leaders and Governments throughout the Caribbean”, she noted.
Ms. Royer is aware that Cervical Cancer Screening is not affordable for most individuals in Dominica.
Representative for Dominica Plan Parenthood Association, Mr. Willie Fevriere, is also encouraging women to perform Pap smear examinations.
Access to health care is a basic human right therefore the public is encouraged to sign this e-petition.