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”.
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.
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.