Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths, which is around 13% of all deaths in 2008. Seventy percent of all cancer related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries such as Jamaica. In Jamaica, cancer is one of the top five causes of death in our population. According to data from the Registrar General’s Department, in 2010, 3198, Jamaicans died due to cancer. The three most common types of cancer that kill Jamaican men are prostate, lung and colorectal and for women they are breast, cervix and colorectal cancer. In 2009, there were 4,315 discharges from Government hospitals, including UHWI, for Cancer. On World Cancer Day this year, the Ministry of Health is joining with the World Health Organization and supporting the International Union Against Cancer to urge persons to get the facts about cancers. This year will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline “Cancer – Did you know?”. The myths that we must work towards dispelling are Myth 1: “Cancer is just a health issue”; Myth 2: “Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries”; Myth 3: “Cancer is a death sentence”; and Myth 4: “Cancer is my fate”. The truth is that cancer has wide reaching social, economic and development implications. Approximately 47% of cancers and 55% of related deaths occur in less developed regions of the world. Its impact on persons also threatens the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the disease has been branded both a cause and outcome of poverty. There is no specific age group that is affected; the disease affects persons from all age and socio-economic groups. The good news is that the development and improvement in medical technology and treatment methods have resulted in successful treatment of many cancers and so the disease is no longer considered a death sentence. More than 30% of cancers could be prevented and cured if detected early and treated adequately. Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of cancer in the world. In Jamaica, Cancer Prevention and Control has been afforded priority attention in view of the rapidly increasing trend globally and locally in the prevalence of cancers. A National Technical Working Group/Task Force on Cancer Prevention and Control has been put in place to develop that component of the National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases in Jamaica 2012 – 2017. As a priority of this Government, work has already begun towards improving cancer care. In November last year, we officially opened the Ambulatory Chemotherapy Unit at the Kingston Public Hospital which is the first of its kind at the KPH and will provide enhanced care for cancer patients, while improving treatment and diagnostic services for increased survival and recovery. Sixty one patients were treated in the unit at KPH in November and that number increased to 101 in December. If we are going to tackle this problem we must work together; all of government not just the Ministry of Health, civil society, persons living with and affected by cancer, private sector and academia are required to ensure the effective prevention and control of NCDs. Some of the ways we can prevent cancer is by not smoking, sticking to a healthy diet, becoming more physically active, visiting our doctor to assess our cancer risk and getting screened. I urge all Jamaicans to join me in this fight, get the facts about cancer and begin the quest to a healthier lifestyle as your commitment this World Cancer Day. Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson Minister of Health
Minister Reid was speaking with JIS News at the National Labour Day Project at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, St. Ann, today (May 23), where a wheelchair ramp was installed to accommodate children with physical disabilities. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to ensuring that schools are accessible to all children, including those with disabilities. “We want no child to be left behind. Children are Jamaica’s important resource, and we want to bring them into mainstream so we can develop their full potential,” he added. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to ensuring that schools are accessible to all children, including those with disabilities.“We want no child to be left behind. Children are Jamaica’s important resource, and we want to bring them into mainstream so we can develop their full potential,” he added.Minister Reid was speaking with JIS News at the National Labour Day Project at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, St. Ann, today (May 23), where a wheelchair ramp was installed to accommodate children with physical disabilities.The activity kicked off the Government’s ‘Ramps in Schools’ programme aimed at building ramps in 126 institutions across the island by the end of the financial year.Senator Reid said the national project, which is being implemented at a cost of $3.5 million, will send the right signal that the education system is inclusive.“This, we are hoping, will be a model school, an inclusive school, because we have to target all our children, including those who have special needs, those who otherwise are at home and can’t find an education facility to house them,” he explained.In the meanwhile, Principal of the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, Debbie Parson- Morris, expressed her gratitude to the Government for selecting the institution as one of the national projects.“I am extremely happy. Words are not enough to say how I am feeling now. It has (always) been my concern (about) access to children who have disabilities; now I can boast that I will now have ramps for the children who are not able to walk to get to their classrooms,” she said.She noted further that the work will go a far way in ensuring that the school is certified by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).“Inspection is any time now, and with this amount of work being done today, then we are well on our way to be certified,” she said.For her part, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, who is also Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, said that the initiative is a welcome one and continuous efforts will be placed in ensuring that all schools are disabled-friendly.“As Minister with responsibility for the disabled community, it is even more important as we seek to make schools accessible to all children. At the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, we have responsibility for the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP), which deals with children 0-6 years old who are physically and mentally challenged,” she noted.“So, the importance of having accessible schools for all children is very important…. and we will be working assiduously to make sure that it is a reality,” she said.Participating in the day’s activities were Senator Floyd Morris, and volunteers from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); National Education Trust (NET), which is spearheading the ‘Ramps in Schools’ programme; Social Development Commission (SDC); Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; Ministry of Labour and Social Security; Christian Evangelism Fellowship; Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo); residents of the community; and parents of children of the institution.The day’s activities also included repair of the roof, de-bushing, installation of a perimeter fence, and the painting of the sickbay and administrative areas of the facility.Labour Day 2018 was celebrated under the theme ‘Ramp it up… Fix it up’.
Goo Goo Dolls, the Buffalo-based rock band that has sold millions of albums for more than 20 years, named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its charity of choice with donations totaling $422,800 and a new fundraising campaign to support Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day.John Rzeznik and Robby Takac share a special moment with a patient family during their visit to St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalThe band’s gift will benefit Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, a program led by Jason Thomas Gordon, musician and grandson of St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas. Gordon created this year-round initiative which informs, inspires and engages artists, their fans and the entertainment industry to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding Cures. Saving children.On August 4, 2017, St. Jude will present Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day, an inaugural event that will allow bands, fans and venues all across the United States to show their support and raise funds and awareness for the patients and families of St. Jude.“We absolutely love St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, its awe-inspiring mission, and look forward to helping Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day in August,” said John Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer. “It’s an honor for us to play a role, however small, in helping St. Jude find cures and save children’s lives.”John Rzeznik and bandmate Robby Takac have both visited the St. Jude campus, meeting with patients and their families. The group has also involved fans in their support of St. Jude by selling autographed guitars and drumheads during their 2016 tour in support of their most recent album, Boxes. Proceeds from those sales were donated directly to St. Jude.“I want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Goo Goo Dolls for their generous and ongoing support of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids campaign,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are honored to be the band’s charity of choice and look forward to working with them and their fans for many years to come.”
Roger Deakins accepts the award for best cinematography for “Blade Runner 2049” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Venerable cinematographer Deakins will be honoured at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Deakins’ previous Oscar nominations include work on “Sicario,” “Skyfall,” “True Grit,” “Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men” and “The Shawshank Redemption.”His latest work will be seen in the “The Goldfinch,” which will have its world premiere at the Toronto festival.As previously announced, the TIFF Tribute Gala fundraiser on Sept. 9 will also honour actors Meryl Streep and Joaquin Phoenix, and filmmaker Taika Waititi.Streep and Phoenix will each get a TIFF Tribute acting award while Waititi will receive the TIFF Ebert director’s award.The Toronto film fest runs Sept. 5 to 15.The Canadian Press TORONTO — Venerable cinematographer Roger Deakins will be honoured at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.The 14-time Oscar nominee, who won the golden statuette last year for “Blade Runner 2049,” will get the Variety Artisan Award at the TIFF Tribute Gala.TIFF says the award “recognizes a distinguished filmmaker who has excelled at their craft and made an outstanding contribution to cinema.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsWith the help of a new pilot program called “24/7” a young mother of three children, who has been on the streets for four months, is turning her life around.The Edmonton project has not only helped her to find a new apartment, it is also given her a sense of hope.APTN’s Keith Laboucan brings us the story.