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Early detection vital

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WOMEN are being encouraged to get regular Pap smears in order to help in the early detection of cervical cancer and other abnormalities.

This is the message that Fijian NGO Medical Services Pacific (MSP) is trying to instill in all women across Fiji, particularly those who have very limited access to health centres and hospitals.

And to assist these women who have accessibility problems, MSP has initiated a mobile clinical outreach team which is providing free Pap smears to women.

"So far this year, nine women have received abnormal Pap smear results, with three women referred to hospital by MSP's Clinical Mobile Outreach Team for results indicative of cervical cancer," stated a statement issued by the organisation.

"Many of the women we see have only ever had Pap smears during pregnancy," said MSP's executive director Jennifer Poole.

Ms Poole said it was crucial that women engaged in preventative screening to help diagnose cancers and other health issues.

"Unfortunately, access to healthcare services in rural and remote areas is often difficult," Ms Poole said.

MSP mobile clinics will soon pay visits to Davuilevu Housing, Waila, Waikalou Village in Naitasiri and Sigatoka.








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