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A NEW resource in the fight against cancer is now available through Guam Cancer Care.
The nonprofit organization held its first health conference on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Micronesia Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We want to reach out to the community and the island of Guam to let them know that getting screened can save lives,” said Christina Martini, program director and nurse navigator with Guam Cancer Care.
Some types of cancer can be detected even before symptoms show. Early detection and early treatment increases a cancer patient’s survival rate.
Blood pressure, BMI, and glucose checks were conducted during the health fair event. The Saturday fair was the pre-screening event for the actual screenings that will take place next week Saturday, Aug. 18.
At the fair, applications were accepted for the screening. Applicants will be scheduled with various health care clinics for screening. Even those without health insurance will be accommodated.
The screening next week will include screening for breast, colon, prostate, cervical and lung cancer.
Further inquires can be made with Guam Cancer Care by calling 969-2223.
Guam Cancer Care was created last summer and aims to bridge the gap in service that Guam’s cancer patients face. The organization provides programs such as patient navigation and advocacy, screening, partial funding, counseling, support groups, education, and transportation coordination. Click here for more information.
Local health providers also provide support and sponsorship for Guam Cancer Care.