Sunday, November 29, 2015

Project to address cancer in PNG

 A CERVICAL cancer screening project will be rolled out in January to address the scourge in the country, a doctor says.
Doctor Lutty Amos of the See and Treat cervical cancer screening project team, told The National that the purpose was to screen women for cervical cancer.
They hope to screen 2000 women in the first year of operation.  She said the “see and treat” method of screening used visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid (vinegar). Treatment was piloted in the Goroka and Mt Hagen hospitals.
She said the only cancer unit in the country in Lae could not provide adequate or effective treatment “and is better off preventing cancer than focusing on treatment”.  
She said the screening method could be set up anywhere.
“We need to start here in the National Capital District first before going to other provinces,” Amos said.