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Seminar launches week-long activities for World Cancer Day

Thursday 31st January 2018 – World Cancer Day will be observed across the globe on February 4th 2018. To commemorate this event, several activities is being organised by the Ministry of Health.

The series of activities will begin with a seminar on Friday 2nd February 2018, as from 1pm to 3pm. This activity will be dominated by different presentations from the Ministry of Health as well as sponsors in cancer care like Barclays and SCAA. The presentations will discuss Cancer Research Findings, and monetary contributions towards treatment, prevention and research, through donations to the Ministry of Health.

Between January 2017 and November 2017 a total of 178 new cancer cases was diagnosed. 90 were male and 88 female. The 5 most common cancers in Seychelles are: Prostate, Colorectal, Breast, Cervical and Oral cavity cancers.

Cancer is also the second most common cause of death in the Seychelles. It accounts for 20 % of the total number of deaths occurring in the Seychelles. In 2017 alone, 130 cancer related deaths were recorded, of which 78 were males and 52 were females.  The most common cancer related deaths are prostate cancer in men and breast in women.

World Cancer Day, which is being observed this year under the theme ‘We Can. I Can.’ aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer. It unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer to collectively help reduce the global burden of cancer.

Other activities:

  • 3rd February – Screening Exercise organized by the Cancer Concern Association next to St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 4th February – International Cancer Day — organize with all churches in the country to have the Sunday service dedicated to all cancer sufferers, survivors and their families and the ones who are no more with us.