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30th March 2011, 12:41 PM
Dr Edem Hiadzi, Medical Director of Lister Hospital on Tuesday said statistics available indicated that every two minutes a woman dies of Cervical Cancer worldwide.

He noted that the disease was the second most common cancer
affecting women worldwide and accounting for about 10 per cent of all
cancer cases.

Dr Hiadzi announced this at a sensitisation programme on the
“effects of Cervical and Prostate Cancer on Reproductive Health of
Individuals” for students of the Central University College, at
Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.

He said the programme was part of the Corporate Social
Responsibility of the hospital to educate the public on issues
affecting their health.
“Cervical Cancer develops in the cervix, the low, narrow neck of
the uterus that opens into the ******,” he said.
In addition, he said the disease was of vital importance because
it prevents infections from reaching the uterus.

He explained that cervix plays a major role in pregnancy and
birth stages, adding that it lengthens during pregnancy serving as a
barrier to protect the foetus and also expands during child birth to
allow the baby to pass through.

On the causes of Cervical Cancer, Dr Hiadzi said, it was caused
by a virus called Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which was transmitted
during sexual intercourse and sometimes through intimate genital skin
to skin contact.
“Every sexually active women risk catching the virus. In fact up
to 80 per cent of women will be infected with some type of the virus
at sometime in their lives,” he added.

He warned that the risk of infection starts from the first sexual
encounter and would continue through life.
Dr Hiadzi indicated that every year, across Africa, 79,000 women
were diagnosed with the disease with about 62,000 women dying.
Most health care providers lack the needed skills to educate,
provide screening services, identify and manage cases appropriately.
He announced that vaccines against the HPV infection was now
available in the country and therefore prevention was currently

Dr Hiadzi urged women to vaccinate alongside screening to reduce
the risk of the disease.
He advised sexually active female students to go for checkups to
know their Cervical Cancer status while admonishing the inactive ones
to abstained from sex.

Touching on Prostate Cancer, the medical director said this was
the leading cause of death in men especially in developing countries
like Ghana.
Prostate Cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in a man’s
prostate gland. The prostate is found just below the bladder.
He said as the life expectancy in developing countries increased
the incidence of prostate cancer also sours up.

Dr Hiadzi noted that African and black Americans men were more
likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of their lives.
He said screening for the cancer was to detect the disease at the
early stages, adding that “age is a risk factor, the older you are the
higher the risk of the ailment”.

Minimising the chance of getting Prostate Cancer, Dr Hiadzi said
people could eat more low fat and high fibre foods, stressing that
vegetables like kontomire, broccoli, cauli-flower, carrots and cabbage
with food supplements such as vitamins D and E may also help prevent
the disease.

He advised men to talk to their doctors about the disease for
early screening and prevention.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer include weak or interrupted flow of
urine, frequent urination especially at night, Blood in the urine,
difficulty urinating and erectile dysfunction.

Source: GNA