With this in mind, the PNG Cancer Foundation has been engaging with schools to roll out its Healthy Teens School Program (HTSP).
Partnering with ExxonMobil PNG, PNGCF today delivered the first of this program to Lealea Primary School, Central Province.
The program was launched to drive awareness on cancer to students in schools, targeting grades six to eight.
Thanking ExxonMobil for joining the fight against cancer, PNGCF CEO Dadi Toka Jnr said the sponsorship will go a long way in reducing the threat of cancer through this program.
"It's about educational and empowering teenagers to make healthy lifestyle choices as a way to reduce the risk of cancer," said Toka Jnr.
The aim is to promote healthy lifestyles early, such as don't chew betelnut, don't smoke, don't drink alcohol, eat healthy and exercise regularly.
The HTSP workshop this morning ended with questions and answer where health educator, Jacob Oburi, unveiled new giveaway packs to students who participated. The new pack contains PNGFC and ExxonMobil PNG co-branded rugby ball, water bottle and a stationery pack that promotes healthy lifestyles with positive messages.
The PNGCF HTS program, under the partnership with ExxonMobil, will also be rolled out in primary schools to students in grades six to eight in Hanuabada, Baruni, Boera, Tatana, Porebada, Port Moresby, Hides and Moro.