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Healthy Lifestyle, Early Detection and Treatment key to prevention and cure of Cancer


It is that time of the year again and that key messages re-emphasised are change of bad lifestyle to healthy one and, early detection of cancer and treatment which are vital to their prevention and cure.

The 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 this morning.

She revealed that during her team’s government department visits this year, five in every 100 women in the city have at least got screened, urging the need for more awareness and actions against cancer.

Dr Amos shared a sad reality of having screened only 3700 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 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.

Today marked third week of activism during the month as Governor Parkop led thousands of city residents yet again-who were in a sea of pink taking the streets of the city-to further awareness and actions against the deadly disease.

Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Port Moresby General Hospital Dr Paki Molumi and his other fellow medical practitioners including Dr Amos joined Mr Parkop again during the walk. They also took part last week during the World Mental Health Day.

Notably, Dr Newton Albert and his parents also joined the walk. The Alberts are the parents of the Kumul duo Stanton and Wellington Albert too. Dr Newton is their sibling.

The all-time presence of members of PNG Defence Force, with the assistance of NCDC reservists, marshals and private security officers, gives confidence to the participants and others about occasional security threats.

The walk speaks volumes about itself that the city is much safer for outdoor activities by city dwellers.

Mr Parkop emphasised that they (especially women and girls) should get screened at clinics and hospitals for early detection of cancer which can be cheaply cured.

“It is better to know your status than it is too late. 99 percent of women go for screen get positive results. Do not be misled by anxiety about the results. I do health check-ups every six months. I know the status of all my organs. Do not wait until you are sick,” he told them.

He said whilst the National Government has committed to fund the National Cancer Clinic at Morobe’s Angau Hospital, radiotherapy was not available to treat cancer patients now.

He has called on fellow male citizens to encourage them to get tested and know their status other than it being detected at late stages when being hospitalised.

Governor Parkop continued that anxiety amongst female population in the city only deterred them from doing the right thing to save their lives.

Prevention is better than cure, said Parkop who is a strong advocate of preventive health.

He has committed to fund the clinic's cryotherapy unit to carry out more outreach programs to convince more girls and women to get screened to detect cervical cancer. In 2016, he supported them with K100, 000 to establish the unit.

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