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08.03.2005 Regional News

Maintain one sexual partner females urge

By GNA

Winneba, March 8 GNA - The Medical Superintendent In-Charge of the Catholic Mission Hospital at Apam, Dr. Charles Ntsiamoah Takyi, has advised jobless teenage girls and middle aged women not to allow poverty to lead them to have more than one sexual partner.

He said this was dangerous because it could easily result in the development of cervix cancer, which affected females with many sexual partners and those who indulged in early sex.

According to Dr Takyi, women who acquire sexually transmitted diseases also stood the risk of developing the disease, which usually affected the womb.

The Medical Superintendent was sensitising female students of the University College of Education Winneba, (UCEW) on the symptoms, effects and solutions of various cancers, with special emphasis on the breast and cervix cancer at a lecture at the North campus of the university. Dr Takyi advised females including teenagers, to ensure regular check up on their breasts at hospitals with the equipment to enable them to know their health status.

He reiterated that cervix cancer was the commonest among women, adding that, it was usually caused by a viral sexually transmitted disease called 'human pappilomavirus'.

Dr Takyi expressed regret that reporting of cancer cases late for medical attention and advice had led in many cancer patients, particularly women meeting their untimely deaths.

He said female patients could also adopt self-examination of their breasts to find out if there was any lump and to report instantly to doctors for quick treatment before developing into a serious problem. The function was organised by the UCEW branch of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) under the leadership of Mrs Judith Anyagre, NUGS Women's Commissioner.

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