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Local registry not up to par

As the Cancer registry in Cayman increases the growth of its database, global health leaders are pushing for a similar growth in registries throughout the Caribbean.

The World Health Organisation, in conjunction with Caribbean Public Health, and the National Cancer Institute, are creating cancer surveillance hubs in different regions of the world, to track the disease’s trends globally.
That chore is difficult in the Caribbean, where countries *have registries but, like Cayman, do not *require cancer statistics to be registered.

“It’s been an issue for many Caribbean countries and Central America and also some African countries as well to really establish solid cancer registries, a lack of a decent funding source has always been a big problem that many countries have.” Said Cancer Registry’s, Amanda Nicholson

Cancer registration in the Caribbean is divided into five categories, with Cayman in the category above none, which means we *have a cancer registry, but there’s still not enough data to usefully track trends.

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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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