The Cancer Registry is making a push for more people to let them know who is fighting the disease.
That data is not just for identifying trends, it can also help direct the hospital as to where to focus its resources.
Knowing and understanding the trends, with reliable data can help health services know what equipment to invest in and be able to treat people on island, instead of sending patients abroad.
“For example if Cayman wanted to have a new radio therapy clinic or something along those lines, nobody is going to be able to invest in that or develop that if they don’t know how many people would need radio therapy each year, it also helps us in terms of developing prevention programmes,” said Amanda Nicholson from the Cancer Registry.
The Cancer treatment Center of America wrote a letter to the premier in 2015 saying “Although there are other cancer registries through the Caribbean region, the diverse population of the Cayman Islands is different than in other countries, and the rates of cancer may be different from other lands because of environmental as well as genetic factors.”