Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) is building a cancer centre that can treat all cancers and people have a higher chance of having their cancers cured if diagnosed early.
The Mammogram machine was purchased by Kumul Petroleum Holdings as their support towards the PMGH Modern Cancer Centre.
Port Moresby General Hospital has been providing free breast screening for women since the Mammogram was installed last year.
After visiting the Port Moresby General Hospital on Monday, the Secretary for the Department of Personnel Management Ms Taies Sansan encouraged women 40 years and over to go for a free breast screening at PMGH.
“I’d like to encourage a lot of women out there, our public servants, especially those over 40 years of age, even though they are not feeling anything in their breasts, it’s good to come and have a check-up just to be on the safe side.”
“The reason I came to have this breast check-up here at Port Moresby General Hospital is because I am in my mid-40s so I thought it was the right time to come and have a breast check-up.”
“I have been given the all-clear by the doctors here at Port Moresby General Hospital so I am very happy indeed.”
56 mammograms have been conducted so far and most of them were confirmed as having breast cancer.
Meanwhile, PMGH Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paki Molumi said that it is estimated that 600 women are diagnosed per year which means 2 women a day a diagnosed with cancer.
“If you are over 40 years of age and you feel lumps or pain in your breasts, you can come for a mammogram and also have a scan to correlate.”
“If you are under 40 and have similar symptoms, you will be sent to have an ultrasound and you will be managed from there.”