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Free cervical screening

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AM

Hundreds of women between the ages of 25 and 54 will access free cervical cancer screenings next Tuesday at St Mark's Anglican Church hall in the Mandeville town centre.

The initiative, being spearheaded by the Southern Regional Health Authority's Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control team, is in commemoration of World Cancer Day, celebrated February 4, under the theme 'We Can, I Can'.

The day's activities start with a march at 8:30 a.m. through the town, followed by an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. In addition to the screening activities, free health checks for adults will be provided. Members of the public will have access to health-education activities throughout the day.

Regional chronic-disease coordinator for the Southern Regional Health Authority Dr Nadine Williams noted that the team would utilise the visual inspection with the acetic acid method for the cervical cancer screenings, which allows for immediate results.

"This method allows for us to give the clients their results on the spot, and if there is no abnormality, then the test would not have to be repeated for another three years. This screening test is being utilised in Manchester since 2014, with a favourable response from the clients," Williams explained.