Cancer Research Begins

Tobago is taking its fight against breast cancer seriously.

In fact, it’s getting ready to study the cases of the disease in Tobago, which will inform the fight against breast cancer in future.

The 18-month study will be conducted through the combined efforts of the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Tobago Regional Health Authority, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the Washington State School of Medicine.

“We’re soon to start the first ever epidemiological study of breast cancer in Tobago,” Health Secretary Dr. Agatha Carrington revealed at yesterday’s (June 25) post Executive Council media briefing. “We expect coming out of that we’ll better understand this condition and to reduce the burden in our Tobago population.”

The study is titled “Molecular Epidemiology of Breast Cancer in Tobago: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities”.

Patients will be listed by unique identifying numbers rather than their names to maintain their privacy.

“We look forward to some new knowledge regarding what is happening in our population,” Dr. Carrington said, adding that information collected will be shared with the media and other researchers following the conclusion.

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