Women encouraged to go for screening

Written by  Grant Mhango

Women in the country have been urged to go for cancer screening early to avoid late stage diagnosis.

15
September

The call was made at a cancer awareness campaign launch by Kuwala Health Media at Nkhokwe Primary School in Mzuzu city.

 

Cancer survivors shared their experiences with the gathering and encouraged fellow women to not be reluctant to go through the process of screen testing.

 

“I was diagnosed and found with a tumor in the uterus, it was removed and now I am okay,” said cancer survivor Regina Mwanza.

 

 “I was found with the virus that causes cancer at an early stage, I received treated I was cured,” shared her testimony Miliam Beza.

 

“They said the screening process was hard and painful and I was afraid but latter I was diagnosed negative and I am happy,” Mrs. Thika added her voice.

 

Mzimba North District Health Officer, Khumbo Shumba said resources are a major setback in their fight against cancer.

“About 340 women are screened every month and out of these 20 are found with early signs of cervical cancer while 10-12 are found with advanced cancer. We are advocating for more women to go for screening but limited resources are putting things at a stand still.” Said Shumba.

 

Kuwala Media Executive Director Joel Jere said his organization is keen to continue awareness campaigns as one way of reaching more people with the message.

 

“We want to move around providing sensitization on the need for screening for cervical cancer at an early stage for more people to know their status.” Jere said.

On how the organization intends to source finances for the campaigns Jere said well wishers are the target.

 

“We don’t have any source of income but we depend on well wishers to assist us to go around and sensitize the people about cervical cancer.” Added Jere.

Statistics indicate that Malawi is ranking number one in the SADC region and third globally on the cancer prevalence rate.

 

The disease which mostly affects women is highly transmitted sexually according to Sauld Publica Mex. (2013) of the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health

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