The awareness was aimed to alert women on the measures to take in order to safeguard their health status and ensure that they are aware of their status in terms of the cancer disease.

wpid-Cervical-cancer-300x141.jpgThe Al-Hayaat Foundation aims at sustaining the awareness of the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through health development strategies.

Some initiatives undertaken by the foundation since its establishment are advocacy on health issues and counseling, girl-child education, raising public awareness of maternal and infant mortality and advisory services.

The seminar was organized under the auspices of the Women’s Commission of the SRC. It was held at the MacCarthy Hill campus of the JUC in Accra and was under the theme “Say No to Cervical Cancer”.

Speaking at the day’s seminar, a cytotechnologist of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences of University of Ghana, Madam Lois Botwe advised the students to avoiding multiple sexual partners in order to avoid contracting the disease.

She also asked them to get screened most often so as to detect any abnormalities that may occur in the vagina.

Madam Botwe indicated that over 400,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide every year and out of the number, about 275, 000 women died from the disease, with 80 per cent of the deaths recorded in developing countries, including Ghana.

The reigning Face of the Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG), Miss Dzifa Akoto advised the students to avoid multiply sexual partners and smoking which triggers the disease.

“My advice to all ladies out there is that, good health is the only good gift we can offer ourselves and the world at large, let’s avoid the rough lifestyles such as smoking and having multiple sexual partners which triggers this disease.

Miss Akoto further encouraged females to go for early pelvic exam and Pap smear in order to prevent the disease.

The Women’s Commissioner of JUC SRC, Maame Ama Vandyck expressed her appreciation to Al-Hayaat foundation for championing the fight against cervical cancer in the country. She encouraged her colleagues to be courageous by going for Pap smear test in order to prevent the disease.

Most female students present lauded the campaign by Al-Hayaat whilst challenging other organization to do more in the fight against cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is a cancer of the entrance to the uterus (womb); it occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control, and this occurs most commonly in women over the age 30.

Cervical cancer can be prevented through; avoiding multiple sexual partners to avoid HPV infection, avoid smoking, getting screened for detection of early abnormalities by going for a visual inspection with acetic acid test.

Source; Raphael Apetorgbor

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