A forum to highlight cancer, is scheduled for Tuesday.
On Friday, the chief of the local branch of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas gave details of upcoming events and made the distinction between the May and October focus.
“Many persons within The Bahamas and throughout the world are of the assumption that Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated in the month of October.
While October is signified as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, awareness of all forms of cancer is celebrated during the month of May,” said the Cancer Society lead representative in Grand Bahama.
“May is cancer awareness month and that is why we are trying to bring it to the public because a lot of persons do believe that it is in October, therefore, we are trying to do a lot of things in the month of May to bring awareness to cancer, as it definitely is cancer awareness month.
“This year, we are doing basically the same as we did last year, but adding a little more. We stated off with a church service as an organization, the first Sunday in the month, where we worshipped at Agape House.”
“The organization welcomed the congregation of the church to a cutting of the cake ceremony, in memory of persons who have passed away from cancer, or, for those whom may be battling the disease.
“We offered them all cake because if they themselves are not survivors, they know someone who is or, who has passed away from the disease.”
“Our next event during the month of May will be our special educational forum which will take place on Tuesday, May 15. The event will take place at the Kevin G. Tomlinson Academy (located on East Sunrise Highway). We have invited three guest speakers this time, as we normally have two speakers. It will begin at 7:00 p.m.
“We have invited Dr. Shaneka Richardson, to talk to us about cancer from an anesthetic perspective, as well as Dr. Channa Isaacs who will be speaking to us about cervical cancer.”
Once a person is diagnosed with any form of cancer, Miller acknowledged that the anesthetics of the treatment are also very important for persons to understand.
“We have also invited Dr. Eric Brown, who will speak to us about skin cancer. We are looking forward to the public coming out, to be educated and informed. We want persons to receive feedback, ask questions on anything that they may want or need to know.
“Even if it is not about the types of cancers being discussed, the doctors will be there, more than happy to answer any cancer related questions participants may have. The forum is completely free of charge, “ she said.
Miller further added that the Grand Bahama Branch of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas will also host other events in the month of May. For more information, interested persons are requested to visit the local office Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) building, located on Logwood Road, or call them at 351-5483.