Breast Cancer Awareness Month….new mammography machine procuredBy Lakhram BhagiratThe Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, on Sunday launched its month of activities to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.In observance of this month of activities, the Cancer Institute of Guyana is aimingChief Executive Officer of the GPHC, George Lewis (left), and PAHO/WHO Representative Dr William Adu-Krow (third left) among officials at Sunday’s launch of Breast Cancer Awareness Monthto offer to patients free cancer screening in the form of mammograms and ultrasounds all month.Dr Sayad Ghazi of the Cancer Institute of Guyana said that every year the Institute diagnoses a number of women with breast cancer, and has a long list of survivors when compared to those who have lost their lives.“Every day, 24/7, we are fighting this fight of not only breast cancer, but every cancer…Cancer Institute is doing free mammograms and ultrasounds for this month, and provided we get enough sponsors, we are working to achieve this goal,” Dr Ghazi said.Additionally, Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC, George Lewis, said the Oncology Department would be getting a new mammography machine, which would be installed in their section of the newly constructed building. He said thatDoctors and staffers from the Oncology Departmentthe new building is expected to be completed by the end of October or early November, so that they can begin operating with improved facilities to deliver better quality service.Meanwhile, Dr Galisa D’Aguiar of the Oncology Department said they have seen a decline in the number of cancer cases diagnosed over the past year. She explained that, in 2015, the department saw 125 new cases, and that began to drop in 2016 when they saw 86 new cases; and for the year 2017, they have seenThe building that would house the Oncology Department is currently nearing completion65 new cases thus far.She further stated that the decline might be as a result of persons not getting screened.Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative Dr. William Adu Krow said his organisation remains committed to assisting the Government in the fight against the deadly disease. He noted that they are using the data gathered from the 2015 National Assessment of Cancer to formulate the Cancer Action Plan for Guyana.Additionally, he stated that they will be assisting the Health Ministry to implement the Action Plan, once it has been completed.According to the American Cancer Society, there are many types of breast cancer, with the most common types being ductal carcinoma in situ, invasive ductal carcinoma, and invasive lobular carcinoma. The type of breast cancer is determined by the specific cells in the breast that are affected. Most breast cancers are carcinomas. Carcinomas are tumors that start in the epithelial cells that line organs and tissues throughout the body.This year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is being observed under the theme ‘I HAVE HOPE.’
The results are in for this year’s “Jail and Bail”. Constables Sean Ingham and Jeff Jackson raised over 33,000 dollars for Cops for Cancer at this year’s fundraiser, crushing last year’s 28,500 dollar total. Constable Ingham says that a variety of local celebrities were arrested, including Mayor Jim Eglinski. [asset|aid=217|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Ingham – Mayor Jim_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -The officers leave tomorrow morning for Prince George, and will be departing from that city Friday to begin the Tour De North cycling journey to Prince Rupert.Proceeds from the tour support pediatric cancer research and programs that benefit kids with cancer and their families.
Another pair of debates will take place Monday at Santa Fe High School, 10400 Orr and Day Road, for those running for board seats at the Whittier Union High School District and Rio Hondo College. Whittier Union candidates will begin their debate at 7 p.m. Monday while Rio Hondo candidates will begin at 8:30 p.m. Other school board forums are scheduled throughout the month. For information, call (562) 947-3634. Dress like Kobe and dance WHITTIER – The first monthly Friday Forum dance for students in grades 6-8 will take place from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Admission is $3 and a signed parent permission slip is required. This month’s dance theme is “Celebrating Sports.” Those attending are asked to wear their favorite team outfit. Also on Friday, a parenting seminar will be offered from 7-8:30 p.m. on “Learning and Developing Your Parental Style” in Room 7 of the community center. The seminar is free of charge and baby-sitting for younger children is available. For information call (562) 464-3430 or visit www.skillsfoundation.org If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Whittier Union has seen steady progress in annual testing results for several years, with officials saying they’ve managed to narrow the achievement gap between the highest- and lowest-performing students by about 40 percent in the past seven years. Board candidates to be quizzed WHITTIER – The Whittier Chapter of the League of Women Voters will begin hosting a series of debates this week for school board candidates. Candidates for the East Whittier City School District will debate the issues at a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the City Council chambers, 13230 Penn St. Immediately following will be an 8:30 p.m. debate among school board candidates running for the Whittier Union High School District board of education. WHITTIER – Two top administrators from the Whittier Union High School District will discuss the district’s strategies for academic achievement at a symposium sponsored by the California Department of Education this week. Superintendent Sandra Thorstensen and Assistant Superintendent Ron Carruth will finish up a two-day presentation today on how Whittier Union schools have implemented the Professional Learning Community Model. It calls for using common instructional materials and tools to gauge student progress, as well as a pyramid of interventions to help struggling students. The focus of the “On the Right Track” conference is to help districts in federal “program improvement” status because they have not met testing targets in recent years. read more