Big push against colon cancer
CANCER SUPPORT SERVICES (CSS) is stepping up the fight against colon cancer.
But a lack of funding, particularly from Government, might hinder the plan.
President of the agency, Henderson Griffith, said the state was a bit behind in paying its agreed-upon subvention.
“One of the sources of annual funding to support our mission is the subvention, subsidy, from the Barbados Government. But the subvention is behind schedule and could impact what we do in the coming year.
“If you have any influence on the movers and shakers in Government, we are soliciting your help to have these payments prioritised,” Griffith told attendees at Cancer Support Service’s annual fundraising tea party held at the Barbados Yacht Club.
The charity sponsors
Ward C12 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, offers prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests to men at reduced costs and provides counselling services, hospice care, beds and oxygen for patients, with Griffith pointing out that each service has a cost attached.
Cancer Support Services plans to relocate from its Belmont Road headquarters to
Dayrells Road, Christ Church, next year.
Griffith said one of his organisation’s goals is to make colon cancer a “household” term, because to him it appears people are not as well educated about it as they are about other cancers.
“Many are aware of how breast and prostate cancers affect men and women respectively, but what if I told you that colon cancer affects both men and women and is responsible for more deaths than either breast or prostate cancer?
“Not many persons receive regular checks for colon cancer like prostate or breast cancers . . . and the issue here is education and affordable testing,” he added.
He said that during the next month CSS plans to launch a 15-minute radio programme bringing awareness about colon cancer. It will be hosted by Antoine “Brudda Daddy” Williams.