Cancer in PNG

‘Pain killing drugs until they die’

“In other words, they are provided with pain killing drugs until they die.”

Acting President of the PNG Cancer Relief Society, John Clarke, outlined the sad reality in PNG when announcing the biannual walk-a-thon to raise funds for cancer patients, set for September 3rd.

Walk against cancer from Goroka to Kundiawa a success

The increasing rate of cancer, particularly cervical cancer, the non-availability of cancer treatment facilities in the Highlands region is a concern. 

Weekly lifestyle update: Cancer-below-the-belt an ‘uncomfortable topic’

As statistics reveal, cancer is responsible for roughly 1,500 female deaths annually.

And with the demographic health survey saying that an average Papua New Guinean family size is four children, this leaves about 6000 children motherless yearly.

Cancer, particularly cancer-below-the-belt, is still a very uncomfortable topic to discus with women and even men.

But health specialists keep reminding us that knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early (when they are small and easier to treat) may help save your life.