Big push against colon cancer

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

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.

Re­duced costs

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.


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