Cancer affecting women in Papua New Guinea is a topic that is much stressed, however, today saw a change in this trend when the PNG Cancer Foundation for the first time hosted an awareness workshop to address cancer in men as part of its 2015 November Campaign to support Men’s Cancer Awareness Month.
The awareness which was sponsored by the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and supported by the 9 Mile Farm and the Grand Papua Hotel saw an attendance of nearly 200 people which included the presence of the NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Professor Ian Olver from Australia, who is a cancer researcher, bioethics and Medical Oncologist and the host of the workshop.
Professor Olver in his presentation stated that cancer is largely caused by lifestyle habits apart from other factors such as inheritance of genes from parents and exposure to radiation and chemicals which lead to cancer overtime.
These lifestyle habits include dietary intake, smoking, chewing betel nut, alcohol consumption and physical fitness.
He further stated that cancers common in men include prostate cancer, oral cancer and cancers of the respiratory system and is preventable and most times curable if diagnosed earlier.
"Adapting a healthier lifestyle by supplementing one’s dietary intake with fresh fruits and vegetables and cutting down on the intake of processed red meat, betel nut chewing, smoking and alcohol consumption plays a major role in reducing the risk or getting cancer," said Prof. Olver.
Also present at the Men’s Cancer Awareness Workshop was NCD Governor Parkop who officially opened the workshop.
In his opening remark Governor Parkop stated that lifestyle diseases are now on the rise and contribute to deaths in the country.
The governor said that leading a healthy lifestyle is important to one’s health and that was why the Governor’s Walk which takes place every Sunday morning was one of his initiatives to tackle bad lifestyles habits that lead to lifestyle diseases.
CEO of PNG Cancer Foundation Dadi Toka Jr. said it was the first time the foundation organised such event to address the issues of cancer in men and thanked the sponsors for their support and informed that an event of such will be hosted again next year.
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