9,000 females screened for cervical cancer at Chipata General Hospital since 2013.

Nine thousand females of reproductive age groups have been screened for cervical cancer at Chipata General Hospital since 2013.
Hospital Superintendent Daniel Makawa told ZANIS in an interview that the health facility has been receiving an overwhelming response towards screening services and that 1,891 were screened between January and June this year.
Dr. Makawa explained that 800 were found with cancerous lesions with 200 reaching advanced stages and needing operations.
He stated that those that were found with lesions were treated using the chemotherapy.
Dr. Makawa observed that although the health facility was recording an overwhelming response from women who wanted to undergo cervical screening, there was low utilization of screening services for breast cancer which he said was the second most common cancer in the country.
He stated that the hospital would integrate the screening for both cervical and breast cancer in an effort to encourage women to seek breast cancer screening services.
Dr. Makawa said Chipata General Hospital was taking part in awareness programmes and that October was National Breast Cancer month.

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