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Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital plans to embark on both cervical and breast cancer screening programme, the hospital's Operational Director, Dr Karen Prins has revealed.

Speaking in an interview with LENA, Dr Prins said the initiative which is due to start is meant to amongst others complement all efforts geared towards improving quality of living amongst the society.

''Early detection of cancer is key towards saving lives hence the coming programme,'' she stressed.

She said majority of patients come to health centres when the disease is at an advanced stage making it difficult for health professionals to handle.

''What is important now is that we identify the problem as early as possible to be able to prevent it,'' she said.

Meanwhile, Dr Prins acknowledged that the new ultra modern hospital like Queen 'Mamohato should not be sending cancer patients to South Africa for operations.

She however noted their biggest challenge in this regard as lack of professionals or specialists who can attend to such complicated diseases that need thorough investigations and proper handling.

''It is therefore not easy for us to open a clinic when there are no specialists,'' she said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has launched a campaign to vaccinate girls against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), an initiative aimed at preventing cervical cancer amongst young girls in the country.

In its findings, the World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed that breast cancer comprises 22.9 percent of all non-melanoma skin cancers in women.

In 2008, breast cancer caused 458,503 deaths worldwide (13.7 percent of cancer deaths in women).

Source: LENA 23/01/2012