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May 12, 2014
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National Cancer Registry recieves donations to aid in operations

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says the donation of a server and computer tablets to assist in the development of the National Cancer Registry will go a far way in ensuring that correct and timely data is captured.

The donation, valued at approximately $2 million, was made by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at an official function held at the Ministry of Health on Friday.

"For years, we have only been able to capture cancer data for Kingston and St Andrew, which were the only two parishes for which a cancer registry was kept. We are now well on our way to getting more comprehensive data for the entire island. These gifts from PAHO will be of tremendous help in this regard and we are grateful for the continued support," Dr Ferguson said.

The national cancer registry has been established to assess the burden of cancer as well as track and monitor the cancer epidemic.

In 2012, the worldwide burden of cancer rose to an estimated 14 million new cases per year, a figure expected to rise to 22 million annually within the next two decades.

In Jamaica, there were 3,198 cancer deaths in 2010, accounting for 21 per cent of all deaths.

The government has set a target to reduce the number of premature deaths attributable to chronic diseases, which include cancers, by 25 per cent by 2025.

Dr Ferguson said: "In order to achieve this goal, we have put measures in place to not only provide treatment services for persons with cancer but also to take steps to ensure that we improve primary prevention, screening, early detection, diagnosis, rehabilitation, survivorship and palliative care."

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