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Gynaecologist encourages women to promote healthy lifestyle to avoid cervical cancer

Dr Lutty Amos a gynaecologist from the Lawes Road Clinic in Port Moresby says living a healthy lifestyle and, detecting cervical cancer early and treating it are vital approaches to prevention and cure.

She said during her team’s government department visits this year, five in every 100 women in the city have at least got screened.

Dr Amos said there is need for more awareness and actions against cancer.

She said only 3700 women in NCD were screened for cancer detection since opening its cryotherapy unit to the public for Pap smear test in October, 2016.

Only one 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 appealed to them to live a healthy lifestyle and girls (between the ages of 12 to 15 who have not had sex yet) should get vaccinated against Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines.

Dr Amos said HPV vaccination was trialed at schools in the city and its results were positive.

She called on government authorities to support the program again .

Dr Amos clarified that there were no side effects of being vaccinated.

She was part of the Walk for Life Program championed by Governor Powes Parkop when she made the statements.