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PNG Health Department introduces Cancer Vaccine Strategy for Girls

By Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae

The health department this year introduced a vaccine strategy to protect young girls from getting cancer.

The new policy acts as a prevention measure for cervical cancer in the long run.

The new vaccine method can now protect girls between the ages of 9 and 13.

Many who have reached this age are receiving the vaccine. 

Despite an increase in cancer cases in Papua New Guinea, as revealed by medical specialists from the PNG Cancer Treatment Centre, risks of cancer among women and girls can now be reduced with a vaccination method by the national Health department.

Health Secretary, Pascoe Kase, says a vaccine approved by the Department this year aims to minimise risks of cervical cancer among girls today.

While the department has introduced preventative measures for young girls, women who are already diagnosed with cancer are yet to be treated; many are over the ages of 30.

Though treatment is available at Papua New Guinea’s only Cancer Centre, specialised equipment are limited.

Every year, the Cancer Treatment Centre in Lae receives up to 150 cervical cancer cases- many in advanced stages.

Cancer in Papua New Guinea is currently treated by means of Radiotherapy, Surgical and Chemotherapy treatment.

It is hoped the vaccination strategy wil reduce cancer rates in PNG.

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