1900 women screened of cervical cancer in BT

Blantyre: At least 1849 women have been screened for cervical cancer during a recent four-day cervical cancer screening campaign organised by Blantyre District Health Office.

The District Health Office (DHO) Spokesperson, Chrissy Banda, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday that the figure represents 53 per cent of the initial target which was pegged at 3500 women in the nine selected cervical cancer screening sites.

Our four-day campaign started on 31st July to 3rd August, 2018 and our target was to screen 3500 women in the nine selected sites.

Out of the nine selected sites, we had DREAM Centre in BT Urban, but eight sites were in Blantyre rural because last year, we had a similar campaign, so the women in those areas needed to be screened after one year as per recommendation, said Banda.

Banda said out of those screened 47 women were found with cancer lesion, meaning that with time they can develop cancer. This represents 1.3 per cent.

Further, eight women were suspected to have cervical cancer, giving a representation of 0.2 percent. However, the suspects are yet to be confirmed.

They will have to undergo a biopsy where their specimen will be taken and analysed to see if it is indeed cancer. That is when we can conclude that it is indeed cancer, she added.

Meanwhile, Blantyre DHO is urging all women to go to their static sites and get screened in order for them to receive urgent attention where there is need.

Women can go to Bangwe, Limbe, Chilomoni, Ndirande, Makhetha, South Lunzu and Mpemba Health Centres. In addition, they can also go to Mlambe Mission Hospital and DREAM centre where they are going to access the cervical cancer screening service free of charge, said Banda.

According to the World Health Organisation 2017 report, the burden of the disease is worst in Malawi as every year an estimate of over 2300 women are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer whilst over 1600 die of the disease.

Cervical cancer is preventable and curable when detected in early stage. In Malawi, Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) is the major screening method used.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

1900 women screened of cervical cancer in BT

Blantyre: At least 1849 women have been screened for cervical cancer during a recent four-day cervical cancer screening campaign organised by Blantyre District Health Office.

The District Health Office (DHO) Spokesperson, Chrissy Banda, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday that the figure represents 53 per cent of the initial target which was pegged at 3500 women in the nine selected cervical cancer screening sites.

Our four-day campaign started on 31st July to 3rd August, 2018 and our target was to screen 3500 women in the nine selected sites.

Out of the nine selected sites, we had DREAM Centre in BT Urban, but eight sites were in Blantyre rural because last year, we had a similar campaign, so the women in those areas needed to be screened after one year as per recommendation, said Banda.

Banda said out of those screened 47 women were found with cancer lesion, meaning that with time they can develop cancer. This represents 1.3 per cent.

Further, eight women were suspected to have cervical cancer, giving a representation of 0.2 percent. However, the suspects are yet to be confirmed.

They will have to undergo a biopsy where their specimen will be taken and analysed to see if it is indeed cancer. That is when we can conclude that it is indeed cancer, she added.

Meanwhile, Blantyre DHO is urging all women to go to their static sites and get screened in order for them to receive urgent attention where there is need.

Women can go to Bangwe, Limbe, Chilomoni, Ndirande, Makhetha, South Lunzu and Mpemba Health Centres. In addition, they can also go to Mlambe Mission Hospital and DREAM centre where they are going to access the cervical cancer screening service free of charge, said Banda.

According to the World Health Organisation 2017 report, the burden of the disease is worst in Malawi as every year an estimate of over 2300 women are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer whilst over 1600 die of the disease.

Cervical cancer is preventable and curable when detected in early stage. In Malawi, Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) is the major screening method used.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA