Yourwellness Magazine Advises on Life after Cervical Cancer

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As a result of an e-petition to make cervical cancer screening accessible to all Caribbean women, Yourwellness Magazine explored life after cervical cancer.

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In an effort to make cervical cancer screening accessible to all Caribbean women, the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) has joined forces with the Caribbean Cancer Alliance (CCA) to begin an e-petition, the Jamaica Observer reported September 8th. According to the article, “Cervical Cancer Lobby,” the petition, which requires more than 2.5 million signatures, was launched earlier this year and urges Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to make the service more affordable and accessible. Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, commented, “It only takes a few seconds and in the long term, we will be reaping huge dividends as it relates to safeguarding our women's health.” (

In support of the alliance’s efforts, Yourwellness Magazine commented on life after a cervical cancer diagnosis. Yourwellness Magazine asserted, “How cervical cancer affects your daily life will depend very much on what stage your disease is at, and what treatment you’re having. Many women with cervical cancer have a radical hysterectomy… it takes around six to 12 weeks to recover from it. During this time, you need to avoid lifting (e.g. children, heavy shopping bags) and heavy housework. You won’t be able to drive for anything from three to eight weeks after the operation. Most women will need eight to 12 weeks off work after a radical hysterectomy. Some of the treatments for cervical cancer, particularly chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can make you very tired. You may need to take a break from some of your normal activities for a while.” (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that cancer patients are covered by the Disability Discrimination Act, which means that their employers have a duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help the sufferers cope. This may include allowing time off for treatment and medical appointments, as well as allowing flexibility with working hours, tasks and working environment. Yourwellness Magazine noted that cancer patients having difficulties with an employer may be able to get help from their union or local Citizens Advice Bureau.

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