Monday, November 11, 2013

Colon cancer ‘a killer’

A LEADING paediatric surgeon at the Port Moresby General Hospital says colon (large intestine) cancer is little known but a major killer in the country.
Dr Okti Poki said this at a fundraising dinner for the Papua New Guinea Stoma Association hosted by its founder, colon cancer victim Janet Yaki.
“It’s a widespread problem right across the country,” he said.
Poki said colostomy bags to collect waste were necessary but an expensive necessity, not only for colon cancer sufferers, but those with other colon-related diseases and injuries.
He commended Yaki and the association for providing colostomy bags to the hospital.
“What Yaki does is she walks into my clinic at Port Moresby General Hospital when she gets colostomy bags,” Poki said.
“Patients are supplied with stoma bags.
“The parents are very happy, you can see their smiles.
“It’s a great work, it’s a great association.”