Women in Livingstone urged to screen for cancer
Livingstone, August 28, 2014 , ZANIS —- Livingstone General Hospital Senior Resident Officer at the Cervical Cancer Centre Mwate Chaila has advised women in the district to go for voluntary cancer screening as a preventive measure.
Dr. Chaila says women in the district should freely go for screening for cervical cancer in particular as it was not detectable unless one was screened.
“It is unfortunate that many women wait until it is too late to come for screening. Women must not wait until they are at high risk for them to seek medical attention,” he said.
ZANIS reports that the Senior Resident Officer at the Cervical Cancer Centre said this in an interview in the tourist capital , today.
He said cervical cancer screening should start with individuals who engaged in sexual activities as they were more at risk of the contracting the disease”, he said.
Dr Chaila said the Cervical Cancer Centre generally received a positive response from the community since inception last year and had so far attended to about 400 patients.
Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma-virus (HPV) passed on from one person to another through sexual contact and Zambia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world.