Huge turnout in Men’s Cancer Awareness workshop

Up to 200 participants attended the Men’s Cancer Awareness workshop conducted by the PNG Cancer Foundation yesterday.

Sponsored by the National Gaming Control Board, Moore Printing, DHL and the Royal Papua Yacht Club, the workshop is part of the PNG Cancer Foundation 2016 Mausgras Campaign to support the Men’s Cancer Awareness month.

Cancer researcher, bioethicist and medical oncologist, Ian Olver, conducted basic educational awareness on what cancer is, the early signs and symptoms to look for including what preventative lifestyle choices that can be made to reduce the risk of the disease.

“One in three cases are preventable and the number of deaths can be reduced by choosing a cancer smart lifestyle,” Prof Olver said.

He encouraged group discussions and audience participation throughout the informative sessions. 

Participants for the workshops came from over 30 different groups, including business houses such as Steamships, G4S Security, Kenmore and Trukai Industries. Participants also include sports groups like the Diamond Chief Rugby League Club, and church groups and school teachers.

CEO of the PNG Cancer Foundation, Dadi Toka Jr, thanked Professor Olver and Imelda Agon, CEO of National Gaming Control Board, for joining them for a second year of the Men’s Cancer Awareness in PNG.

“The support PNGCF has received for this Campaign has already increased from last year and we would like the conversation on men’s cancer to continue in 2017.”

On behalf of the PNGCF, he also thanked the National Gaming Control Board, Moore Printing, DHL and Royal Papua Yacht Club for joining the fight against cancer in PNG.

Annette Kora