"Baptist Health is delighted to partner with Prime Minister Douglas and the Ministry of Health to provide educational programs on important health topics," said Mr. Keeley. "Awareness and prevention are key to good health, and we're pleased to have the opportunity to bring our physician experts to share information with the St. Kitts and Nevis community."
The seminar, presented by Baptist Health South Florida gynecologic oncologist Troy Gatcliffe, M.D., covered such topics as the importance of Pap tests for the prevention of cervical cancer and the appropriate management of early-stage, noninvasive and micro-invasive cervical cancer. Dr. Gatcliffe also discussed the addition of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for the triage of mildly abnormal Pap tests that could potentially lead to a reduction in costly doctor visits and overtreatment.
"As cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be avoided with awareness and screenings, and easily curable if caught in the early stages, it is important to spread the message. We're honored to have a strong ongoing relationship with Baptist Health South Florida International Services that allows us to bring these important messages and seminars to the public," said Prime Minister Douglas. "The information and treatment options presented were of great value to the attendees, who were all eager to learn. We are also so grateful for the generous donation of Pap test kits and look forward to working together to present more pertinent health lectures to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis."
The donation of 3,000 Pap test kits will be used to initiate a cervical cancer awareness campaign on the islands, encouraging women to get regular screenings.