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Breast Cancer: Third Biggest Killer of Women in PNG


By Mickey Kavera – EM TV, Port Moresby

Breast Cancer is among five main non-communicable diseases and the third biggest killer among women in Papua New Guinea.

The disease is found to be common among women between the ages of 21 to 35 years.

Dr Arnold Waine of the University of Papua New Guinea Medical School says, most of them are professional working women.

He says, many of them come at an advance stage making it difficult for them to be treated. On a daily basis two out of five women are tested positive for breast cancer.

Although, there are no statistics to prove that diet is to be blamed for this alarming trend, Waine says, from observation our lifestyle has deviated from a more traditional diet to a more processed one.

He says, diet watch is crucial in combating breast cancer and other non-communicable disease.

With the support from Hospital Poroman Foundation, Waine and his team of medical doctors, including Hospital Poroman Foundation will climb the highest peak in the country, the Mt. Wilhelm to raise funds for a mammogram.

Currently there are only two mammograms in the country serving the women population.


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