Creating awareness to help women
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.