Dr. Anna-Kay Taylor Christmas, Gynaecologic Oncologist at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, speaking on Nationwide at Five on Thursday.

Gynaecologic Oncologist at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Dr. Anna-Kay Taylor Christmas, says cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the country.

Dr. Christmas made the revelation while speaking about the importance of cancer screening on Nationwide at Five on Thursday.

Dr. Christmas says the number of cases and deaths from cervical cancer has been trending down in Jamaica in recent years.

But she notes that the disease is among the top three causes of cancer deaths in the Caribbean.

Dr. Anna-Kay Taylor Christmas, Gynaecologic Oncologist at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.

She was speaking at the launch of the Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ, 2024 symposium, being held under the theme ‘Resilience in Healthcare: A Global Imperative’.

The four-day symposium is being held in association with the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

It started on Thursday and will end on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Dr. Taylor Christmas says Jamaica can eradicate cervical cancer in the country if more children get the HPV vaccine.

HPV refers to the Human Papilloma Virus.

Dr. Taylor Christmas says screening for cervical cancer in Jamaica is low.

Dr. Anna-Kay Taylor Christmas, Gynaecologic Oncologist at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.