For the years 2015 to 2018, the Cancer Institute of Guyana (CIG), a non-profit organization, has documented the diagnosis and treatment of over 1000 persons, including men and women in Guyana, with cancer, specifically of the breast.While for the year 2019 just over 100 women were diagnosed with breast cancer so far and they were being treated, this number is expected to increase as the cancer institute seeks to raise more awareness.Cancer Institute Medical Outreach Director, Dr Syed Ghazi and Oncologist and Medical Director, Dr Sayan ChakrabortyThese statistics were presented by Oncologist and Medical Director of the Institute, Dr Sayan Chakraborty during a press briefing on Thursday, at the Institute’s building located in the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) compound.“In 2015, there was about 267 patients who were treated … almost every year; in 2017, we saw a spike, there were 300 patients who were treated at the Cancer Institute through radiation therapy. The trend is always 266, 267, gradually creeping up, sometimes it’s been going down, so we cannot ignore this situation which we are dealing with,” he stated.Dr Chakraborty emphasised the fact that men could also be victims of breast cancer, but, according to him, there is usually a misconception behind this.“It’s a misconception that breast cancer can only happen in ladies. Breast cancer – a very small percentage – is found in men. So, it’s not that breast cancer is exclusive to women; it is not so, but it can also be found in men,” the doctor said.For this reason, the Institute has collaborated with the Oasis Premium water company to host its annual breast cancer awareness walk, on October 20 under the theme “We walk as one”.But even as this is so, Cancer Institute Medical Outreach Director, Dr Syed Ghazi stressed the importance of bringing awareness to the various forms of cancer which account for the deaths of about 120,000 women yearly.“So, why is it important to make people aware of what’s going on? It is important because if you know, in South America, it is like 400,000 new cases every year of women and men together – 120,000 women die every year, 96,000 of those women died with breast cancer and the other 36,000 die from cervical cancer,” Dr Ghazi noted.In addition, the Institute will be offering mammograms, ultrasounds and Pap smears at a discounted price as a mean of encouraging both men and women who experience cancer symptoms to get checked. Other private institutions are being encouraged to make financial contributions so that this service can be made available to every Guyanese.Breast cancer is one form of cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, and fluid coming from the nipple, a newly-inverted nipple, or a red or scaly patch of skin. Both young and older women are being advised to get screened if these signs become visible.
A judge has slammed a driver for carrying out a “mirror image” of a road crime which killed a young Garda.Garda Robbie McCallion died when he was struck by a car during an attempted car robbery in Letterkenny in March 2009.Now a 19 year old man has appeared in the same Circuit Court following a similar incident. Owen Orr was charged with endangerment after a Garda had to jump into a garden to avoid being mowed down.Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh had to scramble to safety when Orr, then 17, drove at him in a Honda Integra car at Foxhills, Letterkenny in 2010.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard Orr of Trentamucklagh, St Johnston, had 19 previous convictions when he was arrested.Gardai had gone to Foxhills to investigate an incident.When they got there they noticed a car at the top of the estate.Garda Sgt Durcan revealed how he heard the car “drop a gear” and speed towards them.Sgt Walsh, who had a torch and was in fully Garda gear, had to jump out of the way to safety.“If he hadn’t got out of the way he would have been seriously injured or killed,” said Sgt Durcan.Sgt Walsh told Judge John O’Hagan that he was shaken for a couple of days but he considered himself well-rounded and got over it.When asked what he thought of the man who tried to run him over, Sgt Walsh said “He has had a troubled upbringing and I don’t think he knows much else.”Orr addressed the court and said he was a different person from the one during this incident in 2010 and that he was truly sorry.Judge John O’Hagan said the consequences of what could have happened are quite appalling.“A very similar incident occurred here in Co Donegal and a Garda lost his life. The car didn’t miss – it hit him. He (the driver) was convicted of dangerous driving causing death.“Here we are in September 2010 and we have a young man practically carrying out a mirror image,” he said.However Judge O’Hagan said he felt time was a healer and he felt Orr had moved on.“I feel that this is the end of your wanderings but if you don’t show faith in what I am doing with you I will not spare the rod.”He adjourned the case until January to see how Orr behaved himself.JUDGE SLAMS MAN FOR ‘MIRROR IMAGE’ OF CRIME WHICH KILLED GARDA was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:endangermentGarda Robbie McCallionJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit CourtOwen Orr