Lawes Road Clinic’s gynaecologist, Dr Lutty Amos, made this statement when speaking at the end of the weekly Walk and Yoga for Life program at Paga Hill Ring Road on October 20.
She revealed that during her team’s government department visits this year, five in every 100 women in the city have at least gotten screened, urging the need for more awareness and actions against cancer.
Dr Amos shared a sad reality of having screened only 3,700 women in NCD for cancer detection since the opening its cryotherapy unit to the public for Pap smear test in October, 2016.
Only 1 percent of this, she said, had cancer symptoms that already developed into late stages whilst between 2 to 5 percent of them had cancer detected early.
She called on them to change their bad lifestyle to one that is healthy and girls (between the ages of 12 to 15 who have not had sex yet) to get vaccinated with human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines.
The reaction, she said, was positive when HPV campaign was trialled at schools in the city, calling on government authorities to support it for its resumption.
She added that there were no adverse effects after being vaccinated.
Through the platform of the Active City’s weekly Walk and Yoga for Life program, NCD Governor Powes Parkop has been leading women and girls, and other residents in the city, year in year out for the escalation of activism on breast and cervical cancer, and other forms of cancer.
This week marks the third week of activism for October.
Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Port Moresby General Hospital, Dr Paki Molumi, and his other fellow medical practitioners joined Parkop during the walk. They also took part in the previous week during the World Mental Health Day.
(Residents observing Pinktober)