Persons with Albinism in Mangochi undergo skin cancer screening

Mangochi, Standing Voice, a non-profitable organization that, among other things, ensures the well-being of people with albinism has described a recent skin cancer prevention exercise it organized in Mangochi as being very successful.

Standing Voice Country Manager, Boniface Massa told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Tuesday in Mangochi that the number of people with albinism who turned up in the district for the skin cancer screening was very overwhelming.

He said nearly 350 persons with albinism turned up for the screening exercise which was conducted from April 8 to 12, 2019 in four centres of Traditional Authorities Nankumba, Namwera, Makanjira/Lulanga and Mangochi District Hospital.

Close to 350 persons with albinism turned up for skin cancer screening, Massa said, adding: During the screening exercises, we conduct minor surgeries where necessary but for those who have been diagnosed with high skin cancer, they are referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre for major surgeries.

The Country Manager said the organization was very impressed with such a turn-up as it meant that persons with albinism in the district were now well sensitized on the need to have their skin screened for cancer.

According to Massa, eight of the persons who were screened and diagnosed with minor cases were treated right at the centres while four were referred to QECH for surgery.

He commended the Ministry of Health for collaborating with the Standing Voice through the Mangochi District Health Office who played a role in reaching out to Health Centres to assist persons with albinism.

Chairperson for Association of Persons with Albinism (APAM) in Mangochi, Jawadu London hailed the initiative and described it as necessary to persons with albinism.

He said regular skin checks for cancer would help prevent some dark patches that develop on the skins of persons with albinism which later become cancerous if unattended to.

The exercise will be conducted again in October 2019 where both Standing Voice and APAM in the district expect more persons with albinism to turn up.

Source: MANA Online