On Wednesday 12th October 2016, the health care professionals at the Princes Town Primary Health Care Department conducted health education lectures on Breast and Cervical Cancer for patients of the community.
This was done in support of the Cancer Awareness month “October”.
Approximately fifty (50) antenatal and chronic disease clients attended. Women were encouraged to perform self-breast examinations and made aware of what abnormal changes looked like, so that they could notify their doctor and seek treatment early.
They were also encouraged to lower the risk of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight; not smoking; moderately using alcohol and exercising regularly. They were advised to do Pap Smears which looks for abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix before they have a chance to become precancerous or cancerous.
The role of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine in protecting against cervical cancer and other HPV related diseases was highlighted.
Patients were given literature for further reading on these diseases.