​Over 100 referred for checkup after cancer screening

Following the recent cancer awareness and free screening program carried out in Kimbe, West New Britain Province, 130 people were referred for further checkup for breast and mouth cancer.

The Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) confirmed that 490 people were screened for breast and mouth cancer and 130 of them were referred.

A survey was also carried out which highlighted the need for more cancer awareness campaigns in PNG so that people can protect themselves and their families from it.

The cervical and breast cancer education workshop saw that there still needs to be more awareness on cervical cancer.

Two-hundred-and-sixteen out of 600 people who participated did not know about breast cancer and 300 people did not know about cervical cancer before the workshop.

The participants stated that the workshop was effective and requested for more awareness.

Over 1900 cancer education materials were distributed during the two-day provincial free cancer screening and awareness program.

PNGCF chief executive officer Dadi Toka Jr says education, awareness and prevention are the key messages for the campaign.

Smoking tobacco, chewing betelnut and consumption of alcohol are all scientifically proven to increase your chances of getting many types of cancer, including mouth, breast and cervical cancers.

(Picture by Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation)



Quintina Naime