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Release of Bermuda's First National Cancer Control Plan

We are honoured to announce the publication of Bermuda's inaugural National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) for 2024-2030. This pivotal strategy is a significant advancement in Bermuda's healthcare landscape. It highlights the substantial challenge of cancer, which accounts for roughly one-third of all deaths annually on the island.

Dr Chris Fosker, Medical Director and Clinical Oncologist at BCHC, highlighted the urgency of the situation, stating, "In Bermuda, the prevalence of lung, prostate, colorectal, and breast cancers as leading causes of mortality underscore the need for a strategic and unified approach to combat this disease. The NCCP aims to harness the potential to prevent up to one-third of cancer and cure another third through early detection and treatment."

Initiated in late 2020, the NCCP has been methodically crafted following a comprehensive review of Bermuda's cancer statistics, risk factors, and healthcare capabilities. The plan proposes a holistic approach, emphasising prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship, and palliative care. It advocates for strong collaboration across various sectors, including governmental bodies, non-governmental organisations, healthcare professionals, and more, to ensure a cohesive effort.

Supported by the Ministry of Health, the NCCP aligns with the Bermuda Health Strategy 2022-2027 vision of fostering "healthy people in healthy communities" and promoting equitable access to health services. The plan also aligns with global health objectives, receiving accolades and support from prominent international health organisations.

Key partnerships have been instrumental in the development and forthcoming implementation of the NCCP, including contributions from the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Bermuda Health Council, PALS, Bermuda Tumour Registry, and global entities such as CARPHA, PAHO, NCI, and UICC.

Reflecting on the journey, Dr Fosker noted, "The initial phase of the NCCP, released in April 2022, laid the groundwork by mapping out Bermuda's cancer burden. Today, we move forward with actionable goals, objectives, and strategies aimed at lessening the impact of cancer. This work marks a transformative shift from identifying challenges to actively pursuing change, showcasing our dedication to revolutionising cancer care in Bermuda."

This endeavour has been partly financed by the Chronic Disease Innovation Programme, overseen by the Bermuda Health Council, demonstrating the government's support for this critical initiative.

The Bermuda National Cancer Control Plan calls upon healthcare providers, government officials, NGOs, insurers, cancer survivors, and the Bermudian populace to rally together in the battle against cancer. Embracing this plan propels Bermuda towards a brighter future, characterised by enhanced quality of life and a reduction in the toll taken by cancer.

For further details on the Bermuda National Cancer Control Plan and how to contribute to this crucial national cause or to view the NCCP document, don't hesitate to get in touch with Deborah Titterton Narraway, Chief Marketing & Fundraising Officer


View the NCCP and related documents here.

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