Over a quarter of a million women die of cervical cancer every year, which means one (1) woman dies every two (2) minute somewhere in the world.
In PNG alone, five-hundred (500) women die every year of cervical cancer and a recent research has shown that the number of women dying of cervical cancer has outnumbered the number of maternal mortality.
This was revealed by associate Professor, Helen Evans from the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation during the 51st National Doctors Symposium in Port Moresby today.
“Countries with low income have the leading number of deaths year and PNG is one those countries that seriously needs to look into the number one killer in PNG next to HIV and AIDS”
“The accessibility of cancer screening centres and HPV vaccines are some of the things that also contribute to the large number of women dying of cervical cancer” said Professor Helen Evans.
Professor Evans stressed that PNG government and health officers should carry out early awareness and create a program for adolescent health intervention so every young woman in the country can be educated on cervical cancer and the risks.
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