Cancer Awareness: PIH Hosting a Globe-athon walk

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Cancer has fast becomethe leading cause of death for women in PNG


According tothe head of Obstetrics and Gynecology atthe PacificInternational Hospital, Dr. Mathias Sapuri, 3500 woman women are at risk of being diagnosed with cancer, and almost 85 percent will die ifthey don’t detectthe 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’sthe leading cause of women admissions in PNG


“30 years ago, we can say that women die from pregnancy related complication is usuallythe 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 easethe onslaught. Early recognition isthe best solution to preventthe spread of cancer.


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


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




Caption: Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology atthe PacificInternational Hospital, Dr. Mathias Sapuri.

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