Dominica Cancer Society Training Workshop
A training workshop on Psychosocial Support Training on Cancer, conducted by the Dominica Cancer Society (DCS) took place today, April 16th 2014.
The training encompasses community volunteers in the seven Health districts through the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and is funded by a grant from the Australian Government, under the Direct Aid Project.
The Project places heightened focus on the increase in the number of women who succumb to cervical cancer each year – a global problem that affects thousands of women around the world.
At the opening ceremony to mark the event, Nurse Florestin Lewis, Senior Community Health Nurse in Region One, said Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the leading cause of cancer, contributing to nearly 75 percent of cancer causing agents.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Dominica and presently one health district reported over 15 women with pre-cancerous legions. Over 2210 women have other female genital cancers, she added.
Nurse Lewis recommends early detection as a pre-emptive measure as well as forming support groups with persons who have already been affected.
The training is administered under the theme “WHIP Cervical Cancer”: Willingness to act now, Have a pap smear, Inform yourself and others and Prevent Cervical Cancer.
This workshop is the third in a series of four training sessions.