Hundreds gathered at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Saturday to take the opportunity to get the state of their health measured and to gen up on how to beat cancer, at the Cancer Society’s biennial Conquering Cancer Fair.
The free event offered health screenings for people, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as oral cancer screenings and it also gave people the chance to chat with doctors about their own cancer risks.
Medical professionals from local hospitals – CTMH Doctors Hospital, Health City Cayman Islands and the Health Services Authority – joined overseas specialists from the Miami Cancer Institute, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Holy Cross Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Baptist Health and more, to give talks about the different sorts of cancer and the ways in which people could prevent their development.
Healthcare providers such as physiotherapists, nurses, imaging, massage therapists and insurance specialists were also available to chat with people, and healthy food restaurants and nutritionists were also there to talk about the important role nutrition played on health.
Dr Sook Yin, director with the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, called the Conquering Cancer fair a “unique event” with what it offered the community.
“At the fair the Cayman community gets the chance to be screened for different cancers and other associated chronic diseases. They also get the chance to be educated on the signs and symptoms and individual cancer risk of different cancers, so they can use this information to lower their own cancer risks,” she advised.
Dr Yin said many of the presenters availed themselves throughout the day and the public got the chance to speak with them one-to-one on at their booths or after their presentations.
“This fair also allowed the public to learn what cancer-related services are available to them on island, including detection, imaging and treatment, and if they are not available locally, they could see what our neighbours in Florida could offer,” she advised.
“Cancer is not selective and as healthcare providers we are constantly waging the war on cancer. This fair serves as a tool for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society to circulate as much information as possible to the public and keep them up to date so they can wage their own war against the disease,” Dr Yin said.