Programme helps primary students learn more about cancer

Youth & Careers

MORE than 100 students at Baruni Primary School learnt about cancer and ways to reduce the risks of getting cancer in the future.
The healthy teens schools programme by the PNG Cancer Foundation encourages positive lifestyle choices to students before they are influenced by peer pressures, manager Priscillar Napoleon.
The programme would continue throughout the remainder of the year to cover another five primary schools in the National Capital District and Central including Porebada, Papa and Lealea.
The message of making healthy lifestyle choices reached over 1800 students through the programme last year and would continue to see it increase in 2019 through the partnership with ExxonMobil PNG.
“Students need to know that reducing your risk of cancer is as simple as making choices like do not drink alcohol, do not smoke and do not chew betel nut, these are the main causes of most types of lifestyle diseases in PNG,” health educator Loyla Matthew said.
Following the 30-minute presentation, students were rewarded with co-branded school packs for answering each question during a question and answer session.
The partnership of ExxonMobil PNG, Moore Printing, and Liklik National in joining the fight against Cancer in PNG.

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