By OGIA MIAMEL
APART from radiation, there are other means of treating cervical cancer such as the Human Papilloma Virus vaccination, an official says.
National HPV vaccine programme coordinator Dr Edward Waramin said combating cancer did not mean only providing treatment at the end-stage.
“(It) comes in a whole package of prevention – conducting early awareness and regular health tests such as a pap smear,” he said.
“Most of the cases we refer to the Angau Memorial Hospital are end-stage cancer. There is no other way to assist them or treat them. So we say: Go to Angau, you might have some chance to live.
“They have the growth on the cervix. They actually bleed because the cancer hits into the blood vessels. When they bleed, they will die from anaemia, the shortage of blood.
“To control the bleeding and at least seal the blood vessel we can use radiation for that.”
Waramin said HPV vaccination for girls was vital to protect them from developing cervical cancer.
“Pap smear is very important to all women. They need to have them every two years. That is what we call investigation method – looking at the cells that are coming off from the cervix,” he said.
“Cells are getting renewed every day.
“So when the cells are coming off from the cervix, the woman herself can take a swap sample. They have made it easy. Women can take it themselves and then send it to the doctors who can have a look at it.”
By OGIA MIAMEL