Cancer Awareness: PIH Hosting a Globe-athon walk

Cancer has fast become the leading cause of death for women in PNG

According to the head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Pacific International Hospital, Dr. Mathias Sapuri, 3500  women are at risk of being diagnosed with cancer, and almost 85 percent will die if they don’t detect the cancer at an early stage.

It’s now been established that cancer is a life style disease.

According to Dr. Mathias Sapuri, 20 to 30 years ago it was unknown; today it’s the leading cause of women admissions in PNG

“30 years ago, we can say that women die from pregnancy related complication is usually the highest cause of mortality in our country, today, this trend has reversed,” said Dr. Mathias.


“The thing that is now causing death of women in PNG is cancer,” he said.


“It is a national issue that should be a concern for the Government,the Department of Health, and for all of us who are providing health care in PNG ” he added.

According to latest statistics, 1500 to 1800 women die from cancer every year in PNG On a global scale, 2.9 million die every year.

Limited treatment outlets are not helping to ease the onslaught. Early recognition is the best solution to prevent the spread of cancer.

When broken down to the types of cancers, breast cancer leads followed by cervical cancer.

To create more awareness PIH is inviting the general public to its globe-athon walk, to take place onthe 29th of this month.  


Caption: Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Pacific International Hospital, Dr. Mathias Sapuri.

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