GRPA is now upping its efforts to raise awareness about cervical cancer
Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women of any age and although it is more prevalent in older women it could be prevented once detected early.
The Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) is now upping its efforts to raise awareness about cervical cancer among women through workshops, community outreaches and one on one sessions.
The Association’s Clinic Director, Sheila Yaw-Fraser said the organisation is concerned about the reported increase in the cases of cervical cancer.
She said studies have shown that cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women and early detection by doing a Pap smear could save a life.
GRPA’s Clinic Nurse, Audrey Morris said a Pap smear is a simple process which is done in less than 5 minutes but the results would usually take at least 2 weeks since it would have to go through several lab tests.
Some symptoms of cervical cancer many include vaginal bleeding especially after intercourse and vaginal discharge. Cancer remains one of the top five causes of death in Guyana.