The Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis of the Western Region has opened an ultra-modern Cervical Cancer Screening Centre to enable women have regular checks on vaginal-related infections.
The centre, which is opened those aged 21 years and above, would screen for early changes in the cervix (the Neck of the Womb) that may in later life cause cancer of the cervix.
Dr. Sarah Baffoe, a Consultant, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, and the head of the Unit, said women needed to take health issues seriously and get early treatment, explaining that prevention was better than to cure.
She, therefore, encouraged women to report at the screening centre to check their status.
The Centre, she said, was situated at the Antenatal Clinic of the Hospital, and patrons would be required to pay one hundred Ghana cedis.
Dr. Baffoe said the treatment was also available for women who already had the condition, saying, “It’s high time women took responsibility of their health”.
The cervix is the opening from the uterus to the vagina. It is a tight muscle that is normally firmly shut, with a small opening to allow the sperm through and the flow from a menstrual period.
During labour (childbirth), however, the cervix opens.
Currently, there are two main cervical cancers: the Ectocervix and Endocervix. The later comes about when the flat cells on the outer surface of the ectocervix become cancerous whiles the former refers to the inside of the cervix.
Some signs and symptoms, particularly during the advanced stages, include, bleeding between periods; bleeding after sexual intercourse, bleeding in post-menopausal women, discomfort during sexual intercourse; smelly vaginal discharge; vaginal discharge tinged with blood; and Pelvic pain. GNA