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PNG Cancer foundation takes Cancer awareness to teenagers in Lae

The Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) in partnership with the PNG Cancer Relief Society took the fight against cancer to Lae, Morobe Province to conduct a two day schools cancer education & community awareness programs this week.
PNGCF Health Educator Jacob Oburi conducted the first Healthy Teens School Program (HTSP) for 2017 at Bubia Lutheran Primary School on Tuesday, 4th of April and at the Christ the King School on Wednesday, 5th of April.
The HTSP workshop focuses on encouraging teens to reduce their risk of cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices today.
The workshop was well received by the students that attended. At the end of each workshop, there was a question and answer session with the PNGCF Health Educators and the volunteer medical students from the Lae Cancer Unit answering each question that was asked.
HTSP school packs, consisting of school stationery with awareness messaging, were also handed out to students that participated during the workshops.
Oburi conducted the workshop to well over 1,400 students in grades 6, 7 & 8 from both schools.
A cervical & breast cancer education workshop was also conducted in the Catholic Church for the Christ the King community on Wednesday, 5th April.
The community workshop focused on what cervical and breast cancer is, how to recognize early signs and symptoms and how to reduce the risk of developing these cancers in the future.
PNGCF Health Educator Lois Booker conducted the workshop to over 70 individuals with a question & answer session at the end.
A baseline survey was also conducted on individuals that attended the workshop to better understand their general knowledge of cancer before and after the workshop.
During the 2 day program, PNGCF conducted cancer education & awareness workshops to over 1, 600 individuals and distributed over 1,000 cancer education & awareness materials in the form of educational brochures, posters and school packs with awareness messaging
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