This country joins the international community today in observing World Cancer Day 2016 which is being celebrated under the theme “We can. I can”.
The day will be used to explore how everyone as a collective or as individuals can play their part to reduce the burden of cancer.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is appealing to everyone to use World Cancer Day as a time for reflection on what can be done and also to pledge to take the necessary precautions to fight against cancer.
The Health Ministry says the time has come for persons to make healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of healthy diet, increased physical activities, as well as to put an end to tobacco smoking and the abuse of alcohol.
Persons are also advised that early detection for cancer, saves lives.
According to the Ministry of Health, between 2009-2013 cancer was ranked as the number one cause of death here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with Breast cancer being the leading cause of death among females, and prostate cancer among males.