About the Society
The Jamaica Cancer Society is a non-profit, non-governmental
organization, which was formed in 1955.
We are engaged in activities for the prevention and control of cancer in
The head-office is located in Kingston with three
branches in St. Ann/St. Mary,
Manchester, and St. Elizabeth.
Charged with the mandate to "Fight and defeat cancer in all its
the Society has initiated a number of initiatives in the years since its
To eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica.
1955: The Jamaica Cancer Society was founded on December 6th, by
the Honourable Dr Ken McNeill.
1963: The Society erected the Hope Institute, a 32-bed hospital
on lands in the vicinity of the University Hospital. The function of the
Institute is to provide cancer treatment in close conjunction with the
Oncology Department of the Kingston Public Hospital and the University
1972: A special wing was added to the University Hospital for the
treatment and rehabilitation of cases of recurrent and advanced cancer.
1972: The Society’s first cancer screening clinic was opened in
Kingston and another at the Mandeville Hospital in March of the same
year. The work of the Jamaica Cancer Society is now carried out from its
headquarters in Kingston and five branches island wide.
1974: The Society handed over the Hope Institute to the Government of
1977: Jamaica Reach to Recovery is a breast cancer support group
that was first started in 1977 and is closely affiliated with the
Jamaica Cancer Society. Its members are made up entirely of women who
have had a diagnosis of breast cancer and have had surgery (mastectomies
and lumpectomies). The function of the organization is to provide
empathetic counseling and social support to women newly diagnosed with
2000: Implementation of Mobile Mammography and Pap Smear
2001: Recipient of The Gleaner Honour Award –
Certificate of Merit
2003: The Society launched Relay For Life, a team event to raise
funds to fight cancer, bring recognition that with early detection,
cancer can be beaten, honour survivors and remember those who lost the
2006: Launch of ACS FreshStart Programme.
2008: Recipient of The Gleaner Honour Award for
2010: Recipient of the Lions Club of Mona Award for
outstanding and dedicated service to National Health Care
2010: Inaugural Dr. Joseph St. Elmo Hall Lecture Series in
dedication to Dr. Hall for his years of voluntary
service to the
Jamaica Cancer Society.
The Board of
Afeef Lazarus, President
Earl Jarrett -
Michael Fraser – Vice Chairman
Catherine Parke-Thwaites – Treasurer
Kathryn Pearson – Secretary
J. St. Elmo Hall
Ex Officio Members:
- Mr. Afeef Lazarus
Director - Mrs. Yulit Gordon
to Recovery - Mrs. Elise Sellers-Wright, Chairman
Elizabeth Branch - Mrs. Edith Chedda, Chairman
Ann/St Mary Branch – Mrs. Madeline Witter, Chairman
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