Cre­at­ing aware­ness to help women

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Richard Springo­rum

WITH screen­ing key to re­duc­ing can­cer rates, lo­cal Spe­cial­ist Ob­ste­tri­cian and Gy­nae­col­o­gist, Dr Jayesh­nee Mood­ley, says women must em­power them­selves in the fight against cer­vi­cal can­cer.

Host­ing a free

Pap smear drive at Melomed Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day, Mood­ley said cre­at­ing cer­vi­cal can­cer aware­ness was im­per­a­tive to de­bunk the stigma at­tached Dr Jayesh­nee Mood­ley con­ducted 20 free Pap smears on Fri­day at Melomed Hos­pi­tal in an ef­fort to raise cer­vi­cal can­cer aware­ness Richard Springo­rum to Pap smears.

‘My prac­tice started this ini­tia­tive in 2014 based on pro­mot­ing pre­ven­tion through Pap smears. In Au­gust this year, I com­pleted 100 free Pap smears and found four pa­tients with early stages of cer­vi­cal can­cer, which have now been suc­cess­fully treated. We did a fur­ther 20 to­day, to tie in with Can­cer Aware­ness Month,’ Mood­ley said.

Cer­vi­cal can­cer is the most com­mon gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer, af­fect­ing one in 42 women. In most cases, cer­vi­cal can­cer has no symp­toms un­til it reaches an ad­vanced stage. Pap smears are a safe and af­ford­able way to screen for signs of cer­vi­cal dis­ease and pose no health risks. The sim­ple test takes less than 15 min­utes at a hos­pi­tal or clinic.

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