CIBC makes prostate cancer testing cheaper

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 07:15

Men across Trinidad and Tobago can now access prostate cancer tests at a significantly lower cost, as CIBC FirstCaribbean and Vitas House Hospice partner to subsidise the cost of prostate cancer screenings at the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society’s Prostate Screening Clinic.

Some $115,000 raised from the 2016 CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure will fund this initiative, with an initial period from November 9th to December 13th.

CIBC FirstCaribbean will also be donating TT$50,000 directly to Vitas House Hospice to advance the care of its cancer patients. Additionally, TT$6,450 will be donated to The Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (FEEL) in honour of Roy Cape, who participated in this year’s Walk for the Cure to share his own experience and help raise awareness of the importance of prostate cancer screening.

With prostate cancer leading cancer mortality among men in Trinidad and Tobago, CIBC FirstCaribbean devoted this year’s edition of its annual Walk for the Cure to raising awareness and funds for the critical cause. The event took place on Sunday 2nd October at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

The funds donated to Vitas House will cover 50% of the costs of both the digital rectal examination and blood test which comprise the prostate cancer screening, and usually costs TT$300 at the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society. This offer is available to men over the age of 40 who opt to take both tests at the same time. Additionally, CIBC FirstCaribbean will pay 75% of biopsy costs for patients in need of assistance, as determined by the Cancer Society.

Anthony Seeraj, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s local operation, emphasised the necessity of men safeguarding their health and wellness. “Without a doubt, prostate cancer is a deadly threat affecting our entire male population in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

“This is an issue which we must treat with urgency, and CIBC FirstCaribbean is proud to advance our impact by raising awareness and providing tangible assistance to encourage prostate cancer screening. One of the focuses of our organisation is ensuring the health and wellness of the communities we serve, so we are privileged to partner with Vitas House on this critical initiative,” he added.

Mrs. Lilia Mootoo, General Manager of Vitas House Hospice Trinidad and Tobago noted the significance of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s support. “CIBC FirstCaribbean has been a steadfast supporter of Vitas House over the years, assisting us in our aim of delivering quality care to our patients,” she remarked.