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CANSA Cervical Cancer Symposium – World Cancer Day

CANSA Cervical Cancer Symposium – World Cancer Day

CANSA hosted a cervical cancer symposium on 4 February 2016, at Milnerton Library Auditorium in Milnerton, Cape Town. The theme was “What you need to know about cervical cancer”.

CANSA takes hands with health professionals & health caregivers to reduce cervical cancer risk...

CANSA takes hands with health professionals & health caregivers to reduce cervical cancer risk…

Sixty participants attended the symposium. CANSA Staff / Volunteers, Occupational Health Nurses, Community Health Nurses from Local Municipalities, and Health Managers from Local / Provincial Health Departments attended.

Speakers included academics from the University of Cape Town, CANSA’s Head of Research, Melissa Wallace, Senior Management (Western Cape Provincial Health Department), and a cervical cancer Survivor.

The topics ranged from the epidemiology of cervical cancer, reduction of risk (through screening), HPV vaccination, clinical management, survivorship and support.

Positive feedback was received by participants, including that the symposium was well organised and very informative; speakers presented well; participants would be able to integrate the new information into their existing work programmes; the new information would be shared with their colleagues and clients; others appreciated the focus on survivorship which according to them is mostly not included in educational or conference programmes; the information would enhance their work performance and improve patient outcomes. Volunteers and Survivors appreciated the presence of professionals and likewise professionals appreciated the presence of Volunteers and Survivors – to quote one participant, “ I enjoyed the mixed audience”.

Furthermore the symposium achieved the objective of creating awareness about cervical cancer amongst health professionals and health caregivers.

The symposium concluded by acknowledging that creating awareness about screening and the HPV vaccination is important to reduce incidence of cervical cancer and mortality in the Western Cape.

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