Village mum encourages females to get cancer checks

Mother of four Atta Mataio from Pari Village is encouraging females both young and old to be responsible and get regular checkup for cervical and breast cancer.

Atta is married with four teenage daughters and lives in the village with her family.

She was involved in the recent cancer awareness program carried out in her village by the PNG Cancer Foundation.

Atta thanked PNGCF for the initiative in educating the village women as this was an eye opener for many of them to get checked up.

She said they appreciated the awareness program as many women didn’t know about the different types of cancer, their symptoms and prevention and most times it is just negligence.

“We neglect ourselves because we’re so worries about taking care of our home and families and we neglect taking care of ourselves and getting these regular checkups.

“This has really encouraged me to get checked and reach out to others as well in the village.

“I urge women in other villages to get assistance from their leaders or from those who know how to help you find the right places to get checked,” Atta said.

She called on the health authorities and those responsible to get more awareness and health services out to the rural areas and villages that really need it.

Cervical cancer testing is done at hospitals in Port Moresby, Mt Hagen, Kokopo, Kimbe, Kavieng, Bougainville, East Sepik, West Sepik, Oro and Alotau.

Quintina Naime