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
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
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
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