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Group pledges free cervical cancer screening in Abuja

23 September 2013, 15:09

Abuja - A group of health professionals, Globeathon, on Monday in Abuja pledged to offer free cervical cancer screening to more than 300 women on Sept. 28.

Mr Duza Baba, Co-organiser, Globeathon Walk to End Women’s Cancer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that medical professionals would be at Millennium Park, Abuja, to give free consultative services to women.

He said that the group was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health and Marie Stopes International, UK, to offer cervical cancer screening and enlightenment.

According to him, if someone is screened and found to have the disease, depending on the stage of the cancer, the patient may be given a therapy or referred to a better hospital.

"The aim of the screening is to end women’s cancers which are below the belt. There are usually five below the belt cancers: ovarian, cervical, uterine, virginal and vulva cancers"

"The reasons we want to offer cervical cancer screening is because it is easy to carry out screening with mobile teams. We don’t know how many people will be there but we have resources and time to screen up to 300 persons, if the numbers are there. "

"If people cannot get screened we will also provide information about location where they can get screening services, but they may have to pay, " he said.

Baba said the group and the ministry were determined to increase cancer awareness and ensure that they provide enough information to the public about cancer.

He said the health professionals that would be conducting the cancer screening had been well trained to carry out the test and also to educate the people about cancer.

NAN reports that the group also comprises volunteers and advocates within and outside the country.

Cervical cancer occurs most commonly in women more than 30 years of age.


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