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Cancer survivors screens 110 women for cervical cancer

Written by  Yamikani Yapuwa

Blantyre, February 06, 2019: At least 110 women were screened for cervical cancer in Blantyre during a two-day campaign organised by Cancer Survivors Quest (CSQ) over the weekend, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.

According to CSQ Founder, Chikhulupiliro Ng’ombe the figures surpassed their initial target of screening about 100 women in the populous township of Bangwe in the city.

“We held a screening exercise from January 29 to February 01. We were supposed to have two screening sites and carry out the exercise for two weeks but due to limited funds, we only mounted one site and screened for four days,” he said.

“Our budget was estimated at K255, 000 but we only raised K45, 000. Despite that shortfall, we were still determined to screen.

“Out of the 110, we had zero positive cases and one with complications not related to cancer,” added Ng’ombe.

The CSQ founder, therefore, commended Umunthu Foundation for hosting the screening site in Bangwe, saying the foundation made the gesture at no cost. He also thanked all sponsors for supporting the cervical cancer screening campaign.

Meanwhile, Ng’ombe has said the remaining challenge with CSQ was lack of screening equipment especially speculums as they need at least sixty but only have three.

“All the same, we will continue working hard for this project as we have seen that it saves a lot of lives,” he said.

The cervical cancer awareness month falls in January every year.

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