World Cancer Day: Cancer Screening is important
The Ministry of Health & Medical Services encourages the public to get screened for cancer, as it can be treatable and preventable if detected early.
This message was reiterated on February 4th as it marks World Cancer Day with the theme, “We can. I can. Prevent Cancer”.
The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate said that people must understand that cancer can be treated if detected early, and this can only happen through cancer screenings.
“Health screenings must be a priority for every individual. It is important that you do not wait to fall sick to get screened, be it for your overall health or cancer screening. Even if you feel well it is important to get screened regularly. Some cancers do not show signs or symptoms,” Mr Usamate said.
Women between the ages of 30-50 are encouraged to get screened for cervical cancer every 3 years. Women of any age should do breast self-examinations regularly and if any abnormalities are found, visit a doctor. These screenings are offered at the divisional hospitals and health facilities, which can be contacted for more information. Men above the age of 40 years old are also encouraged to get screened for prostate cancer