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Papua New Guinea has among the highest estimated burdens of cervical cancer globally, says technical advisor National Department of Health Dr Julia Stinshoff.
Dr Stinshoff explained that cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus and is the most common cancer in women in PNG.
She revealed that PNG has a rate 6.3 times higher than that of Australia and New Zealand and a mortality rate that is 13.5 times higher.
It is estimated that more than 1000 women in PNG die of cervical cancer every year.
Most types of cervical cancer are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus.
Dr Stinshoff said cervical cancer develops when HPV infections do not clear and cause abnormal cells to grow on the cervix.
If those abnormal cells go undetected and untreated over many years, they can lead to cervical cancer.
Meantime, a total of 56 000 doses of vaccine, funded by the Rotary Club, have arrived in the country, enough to vaccinate 26 000 girls under the NCD cervical cancer vaccination programme.
source: LOOP PNG/PACNEWS
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