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Cancer Contributes to Female Mortality

Maseru – Cervical Cancer continues to be a threat to women’s life in Lesotho and there is need to address possible if the country is to see any decline in women mortality.

This was said by the Deputy Minister of Health Honourable Liteboho Kompi when addressing participants at a voluntary male circumcision campaign hosted by JPHIEGO in collaboration with the Ministry in Maseru.

She said there is proof that cancer is one of the opportunistic diseases in people living with HIV and women continue to die even though there are preventive measures, urging women to encourage their partners and sons to get circumcised, and to join the world in cervical cancer prevention.

A Biomedical Scientist in the Ministry of Health Mr. Sejojo Phaaroe, said about half a million women die of cervical cancer each year, while in 2007 Lesotho had referrals to South Africa of cancer patients which cost more than 100 000 Maloti.

Mr. Phaaroe said the disease is a burden to Lesotho, adding that prevention strategies include education, male circumcision, condom use, Pap smear and direct visual inspection.

Ms. Lits’oanelo Motsoahae of JPHIEGO said circumcision reduces chances of HIV infection by 60 per cent but called for use of other prevention methods and highlighted abstinence as the most effective of them all.

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