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October 3 - October 9

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Dr. Jurgen Rehm Shares Strong Evidence for Alcohol Policy in the Caribbean

The need for alcohol policy development in the CaribbeanInterested individuals from the Caribbean and beyond tuned in for the first HCC/CARIAD CARIBAPAN Webinar on Tuesday October 7, 2014.

Dr. Rehm's presentation was packed with data highlighting the urgent need for alcohol policy development in the Caribbean. Issues raised during the question and answer period included: conflicts of interest when engaging with the private sector in particular the alcohol industry; the heavy economic reliance on the alcohol industry in the region; the strong presence of alcohol in Caribbean culture; the link between alcohol abuse and socio-economic status; and strategies for policy development.

Dr. Rohan Maharaj will be the featured speaker for the next webinar: 'Gaps in current regional alcohol policy and the desire for change: Opportunities for Civil Society Organizations', scheduled for Tuesday November 11th. Tune in for more information. Dr. Rehm's slides are available here.

News Roundup

World Mental Health Day 10 October 2014World Mental Health Day 10 October 2014 - World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

The theme for 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia”. The focus of the World Health Organization will be living a healthy life with schizophrenia. Read more

Dominicans walk for cancer

Dominicans walk for cancer - The Dominica Cancer Society (DCS) held its 2014 Walk for Cancer on Saturday 4th October. Like in previous years, dozens of persons walked for the cause from Massacre and Pointe Michel to the Windsor Park Stadium where they attended the closing ceremony. Read more

AC3 Conference October 9th - 11th

Consortium Tackles Global Cancer Disparities

The International Conference of the African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium — hosted by Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and the Martinique Cancer Registry is bringing more than 100 researchers from around the world to Schoelcher, Martinique, in the French West Indies this week from October 9 through 11, 2014, to share findings and progress regarding cancer health concerns in underserved minority populations. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the first day of the conference, which will include programming geared toward the community. The first day of the conference will give members of the public the opportunity to interact directly with researchers as they participate in lay-friendly cancer prevention workshops such as “Healthy Lifestyles: Reducing Cancer Risk” and “Cancer Screening, Risk and Survivorship”. The second day of the conference will feature presentations of research projects and findings by registered AC3 members. There will be sessions on various cancers, including hematologic malignancies, cancer staging, gene-environment interactions, training workshop on genomics, CBPR, and cancer registration and more. To learn more about the International Conference of the African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium and AC3, click here.

Sagicor donates to Dominica Cancer SocietySagicor donates to Dominica Cancer Society - Sagicor Insurance Company has donated five hundred dollars ($500) to the Dominica Cancer Society in support of its annual Walk for Cancer Care, scheduled for Saturday October 4, 2014. The donation was presented to president of the Dominica Cancer Society, Kathleen Jno Baptiste-Cornelius during a short ceremony at the Sagicor Office on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
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CIBC FirstCaribbean to assist Cancer society - The staff of CIBC FirstCaribbean is raising funds to assist the Dominica Cancer Society. The staff has planned a number of activities for which it is soliciting the public assistance. For the next four Fridays the staff will put on an event at which all funds raised will go towards the work of the Cancer society. Read more

Annual Cancer Remembrance Walk

Annual Cancer Remembrance WalkJoin Republic Bank and the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society in a month long celebration of survival, empowerment and awareness! Tobago, Sunday 12th OCtober - Gulf City Mall, Lowlands starting at 6am. Trinidad, Saturday 25th October - Queens Park Savannah starting at 3pm. Read more

JCS wages war for Breast Cancer Awareness Month - WITH the incidence of breast cancer in Jamaica at 43.1 per 100,000 women, and 0.6 per 100,000 men, based on a University of the West Indies sampling of Kingston and St Andrew from 2003 to 2007, the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is waging war on breast cancer for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Executive director of the society Yulit Gordon has said that the organisation will be expanding its public health and wellness-education programme, as well as its mammography screening islandwide. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre - Breast Cancer Awareness Month Calendar of Events

  • October 12 Bermuda Equestrian Federation Breast Cancer Trail Ride Read more
  • October 13 Glam-a-thon with TK Hair Read more
  • October 17 Annual Friday Fish Fry Read more
  • October 22 BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Read more
  • October 26 Final North Village Kicks for Cancer game and Family Fun Day
  • October all month Jasmine Lounge @ Fairmont Southampton PINK Specials

Are Your Chicken Nuggets Ruining Your Antibiotic Ointment?Are Your Chicken Nuggets Ruining Your Antibiotic Ointment?

Last week, the FDA released a report on the gross amount of antibiotics purchased by the livestock industry in 2012. The results are a bit startling. Between 2009 and 2012 - a period of increasing awareness about the perils of antibiotic use in livestock facilities - the FDA found purchases of the drugs rose 16 percent. Read more

Public Lecture October 19, 2014; TIME: 5 – 7 pm

Obese Youngsters May Already Be Showing Warning Signs Of Heart Disease

Obese Youngsters May Already Be Showing Warning Signs Of Heart DiseaseGiven recent studies in the Caribbean revealing astounding rates of obesity and overweight among young people upwards of 30%, we thought our readers may find this article interesting and relevant. Reports that according to a study published online Oct. 8 in the JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, “obese young people may already be showing the warning signs of heart disease.” The study included 101 youngsters “between the ages of nine and 16,” 61 of whom were obese. Read more.

National Forum AGM 2014

Let’s rethink self-help models for alcohol abuse - Research in the Caribbean on alcohol use problems shows that self-help groups need not be anonymous, says Craig Katz. Excess alcohol consumption is recognised as a global health problem. As of 2004, alcohol use disorders - medical conditions where alcohol use causes significant distress, dysfunction, or both - contributed to nearly four per cent of all deaths and five per cent of all years of productive life lost to disability worldwide. Read more.

Advertising and youth alcohol consumption - Dr. Rohan Maharjah, HCC Technical Advisor on Alcohol Policy responds to editorial in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspaper. Please allow me an opportunity to highlight some of the evidence based research that supports The Honourable Minister of Health's recommendation of focusing on advertising in addressing alcohol issues in Trinidad and Tobago. This in response to your Editorial of August 22nd. 2014. I take the opportunity to focus primarily on our youth. First, we need to acknowledge that alcohol represents a problem with our young people both locally and regionally. Read more.

Want to Prevent Cancer: Watch your alcohol intake! - Dr. Rohan Maharjah, HCC Technical Advisor on Alcohol Policy responds to editorial in the Trinidad and Tobago Express newspaper. Your editorial of 6th. October 2014 asked T&T to 'get serious about cancer'. It starts by focusing on prevention, but then spends a significant portion of the column talking about care. I wish to add to your debate by focusing on one often under-appreciated component of prevention of cancers, alcohol. Allow me to share a few paragraphs assembled from reputable organizations. Read more.

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Test Your Cholesterol Smarts - Learn about the risks of high cholesterol and how to help prevent it. Read more
  • Top Cancer-Fighting Foods - No single food can prevent cancer, but the right combo may help make a difference. Learn about foods that might help, and what to avoid. Read more
  • Type 2 Diabetes Fact and Fiction - Type 2 can be life-threatening. And you can't eat any sweets if you have it. Find out which one of these statements is true. Read more
  • Young People Having More Strokes - Trend is being called an "extraordinarily huge public health challenge." What you should know. Read more

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