Friday 4 December, 2020

Cancer Society Chairman encourages lifestyle changes to combat cancer

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society (TTCS) is urging the public to take note of the additional threat posed by existing lifestyle diseases, such as cancer.

Currently, Trinidad and Tobago’s population is at risk for at least six cancer types, including prostate cancer in men; and breast and cervical cancer in women. Both are at risk for pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer.

Dr Asante Le Blanc, Chairman, TTCS, said: “The reality is that cancer continues to affect lives around us every single day, and it places cancer patients and some survivors in a sensitive category. Some cancer patients might be at increased risk of illness from an infection because their immune systems can be weakened by cancer and its treatments.

However, most people that were treated for cancer in the past especially if it was years ago are likely to have normal immune function. Either way the TTCS encourages all cancer patients and survivors whether currently in treatment or not to talk with their medical provider to better understand their medical history and course of action.”

To encourage much-needed lifestyle changes and to make cancer screenings easier and more accessible to the public, the TTCS is once again partnering with Republic Bank to produce its annual cancer event – Bubbles for Life.

The event is set for November 21, 2020.

Bubbles for Life, like many other events, has gone virtual this year. This year’s event encourages registered participants to post images and videos of themselves to social media, while performing any fitness activity in their Bubbles for Life gear. Those who participate will receive tokens from the TTCS.

Karen Tom Yew, Republic Bank’s General Manager, Group Marketing and Communications said all aspects of the event will take place virtually, in keeping with COVID-19 regulations.

She said: “It’s part of the new normal, and this is our reality. The aim for the virtual Bubbles for Life event is to allow supporters and advocates an opportunity to stand in solidarity, but safely, at home. We may not be together physically, but we’ll be closer together than ever, on social media.”

In addition to the flagship event, the Bank and TTCS have taken to social media to make cancer screenings free, easy and accessible through several initiatives, such as a social media promotion called, Early Detection for Your Protection.

“Early Detection for Your Protection is a social media promotion that provides free cancer screenings of every type to registered participants based on the promotion’s criteria. Once registered participants post their picture or video to social media, tag the Bank and TTCS, and include the promotion specific hashtags, a group of entries will be randomly selected and those registrants will receive cancer screenings at no cost to them.

The Bank is active on all social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so we’re excited to see the submissions and enact change on November 21 and beyond. It’s all about making screenings easy and free,” said Tom Yew.

To register or learn more, kindly contact The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society via 665-6712 or

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