Free cancer screening ends on high note

The PNG Cancer Foundation’s free mouth & breast cancer screening, and cervical & breast cancer awareness workshops in Papa and Lealea villages, have ended on a high note.

Working in partnership with ExxonMobil PNG, the event’s main focus was on cancer awareness and prevention.

Free mouth and breast cancer screening was done hands on by PNGCF team with the help of some final year medical students from the University of Papua New Guinea, as part of their practical.

Participants were also surveyed to better understand their general knowledge of cancer, habits and behavioural trends within the province.

PNGCF marketing and finance manager, Hayley Chown, says this is to know how much people know of cancer and to recognise early signs and symptoms of how people can protect themselves against the disease.

“This free screening and awareness in Papa and Lealea village is the sixth program PNGCF has conducted in 2016 and the attendance has been outstanding, with people seeking to know more about cancer and its preventive measures,” Hayley says.

We wouldn’t have done this without the help and support we receive from our partners and sponsors, she adds.

“PNGCF, in partnership with ExxonMobil PNG, sincerely thanks both communities of Papa and Lealea village for supporting and participating in the two days of free screening and educational breast and cervical cancer awareness.”

She says the full results of every PNGCF provincial program are released through the media and can also be found on the PNGCF Facebook page.

“A sincere thank you goes out to all our program partners, LMS Memorial Church, Bethel United Church and Papa Salvation Army Clinic and the program supporters, ExxonMobilPNG, Oil Search, DHL, Moore Printing, Meddent and Lalokau FM.”

(Picture by PNGCF)

Annette Kora