Thursday, May 21st, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Today’s annual Cancer Care Symposium at the Radisson Fort George Hotel was held under the theme, “Caring, Coping, and Surviving: Cancer Control – Not Beyond Us!”
Presenters from Belize and other countries discussed global strategies for health and survivorship of all cancers, early detection and control, and put renewed focus on some of the leading killers including cervical, prostate, breast and skin cancers in women and children.
Senior Administrator for the Belize Cancer Society, Heather Reneau, says Belize is in the process of developing a cancer registry to profile and prepare statistics on cancers occurring in Belize.
Prostate cancer is a leading killer of men; women are most affected by and ashamed about cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV), and children have increased instances of leuakemia and lymphoma.
Guest speaker was Senator Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, who told the story of tragically losing her only child, three year old son Kail, months shy of his fourth birthday after a reoccurrence of rare type of brain tumor known as ependymoma with which he was diagnosed at just 2 years old.
The event is part of the annual Cancer Awareness Month activities which culminate in the annaul Cancer Walk from Ladyville to Belize City on May 30.
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