Fight against cancer taken to Papa and Lealea in Hiri West District

The Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) has taken the fight against cancer to Papa and Lealea villages.

Working in partnership with ExxonMobil PNG, the Foundation conducted free cancer screening and awareness at the London Missionary Society (LMS) Church on Papa village today.

The program’s primary focus in the two villages was on cancer awareness and prevention of which free mouth and breast cancer screening was given today for the people of Papa village.

Awareness of cervical and breast cancer is also being carried out through a series of workshops while the screening is going on.

The PNGCF Team will also be surveying participants to better understand their general knowledge of cancer, habits and behavioral trends within the province.

Speaking on behalf of the Cancer Foundation, PNGCF Marketing and Finance Manager Hayley Chown said this is the sixth program PNGCF has conducted in 2016.

“This includes Lae, Morobe Province in February; Alotau in Milne Bay Province in April; Kimbe, West New Britain Province in June; Gaire Village, Central Province in July and Port Moresby and Pari village, National Capital District in August.”

Hayley says the full result of every PNGCF provincial program are released through the media and can also be found on the PNGCF facebook page.

According to PNGIMR, research suggests that 1 in 10 deaths in PNG is because of cancer.

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

PNG Cancer Foundation thanks the program supporters, Exxon Mobil PNG, DHL, Moore Printing, Oil Search, Meddent and Lalokau FM for joining the fight against cancer in PNG.

Annette Kora