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Public Health to raise awareness about cervical cancer

THE Division of Public Health and the CNMI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program will hold various activities this month to raise public awareness regarding cervical cancer. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

According to Sharina R. Clark, acting administrator of the Non-Communicable Disease Bureau and cancer control program coordinator, they will run advertisements and disseminate information regarding cervical cancer risk factors once a week.

The awareness campaign will also be heard on the radio through the Commonwealth Cancer Association and KKMP.

In addition, Clark said they will coordinate walking activities with the Lady Diann Torres Foundation and conduct educational presentations on human papillomavirus or HPV at junior and senior high schools on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

The awareness campaign was supposed to start with a roadside waving activity at Garapan Fishing Base on Thursday, but Clark said they had to reschedule it because of the rainy weather. They will soon announce a new date for the roadside wave, she added,

According to Clark, January is also designated as Birth Defects Prevention Month.

She said the NCD Bureau is asking members of the community to wear pink or teal every Friday for the entire month of January as a way to raise awareness about cervical cancer and birth defects prevention.

“Pink is the color of birth-defects awareness and teal is the color for cervical-cancer awareness,” Clark said.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101263-public-health-to-raise-awareness-about-cervical-cancer

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