“Green June”: prevention and detection of cervical cancer – Radio1 Tahiti

The Cancer Institute of French Polynesia organizes up to 1Verse July cervical cancer awareness campaign. entitled ” Green June “, and revolves around five works that carry the same message: “Cervical cancer is preventable.” Do your smear! »

Like Pink October for Breast Cancer, the French Polynesia Cancer Institute has made June the “green” month dedicated to cervical cancer prevention. The movement, which has been instilled worldwide since 2010, aims to provide a better understanding of this disease and encourage women to be screened by smear.

This cancer, which affects about fifteen women in Fenoy every year, has already been the subject of a joint campaign with breast cancer. But since January 1, the Cancer Institute of French Polynesia has taken over the examination tasks, which have so far been transferred to the Ministry of Health, and would like to install “green June” in the calendar.

Raising awareness in a fun way

Throughout June and into early July, the International Professional Practice Federation (ICPF) plans to do more or less fun outreach work. The first will be held on June 24, on the occasion of Muhanna Mate, the whole day in green. On Friday, residents were invited to wear green to support women afflicted with this cancer. To stimulate mobilization, the ICPF is planning a photo contest with prizes to be won. To participate, all you have to do is post your photo in green on social networks using the hashtag #MahanaMatie.

On July 2, the International Planned Parenthood Federation is planning an awareness day at the French Polynesia Association from 9 am to 4 pm. Workshops on well-being will be offered free of charge to the public with conferences and exchanges in the presence of associations.

To be in the game and reach the youth, the institute is also relying on the influence of Tiktok, by launching “Matie Tahiti Tik Tok”. The challenge, which will be initiated by three local ambassadors, will consist of posting one or more messages of support to patients with this disease on their Tik Tok account using the hashtag #MatieTahiti.

Cancer with known causes

Unlike some other cancers, we know what causes the cervix: Viruses called “human papillomavirus,” or HPV, are widespread. It is transmitted during intercourse with or without penetration, and even a condom does not protect 100%. According to official figures, 80% of women develop it in their lifetime. In most cases, they are cured spontaneously, but there is still a 10% risk of seeing these viruses which cause tiny swellings that can become cancerous after several years.

To this day, a smear remains the most effective way to avoid seeing cancer cells develop. Remember that it is recommended that women between the ages of 25 and 65 take a smear every three years. It is a painless and completely free gynecological examination. A vaccine against HPV is also available in Polynesia, and in many countries it has been shown to significantly reduce the number of cervical cancers. But unlike mainland France or New Caledonia, this vaccine is not currently compensated by fenua, and therefore is not offered in schools. The government, taken over by the Cancer Control League, was to pledge to change regulations and launch a free vaccination campaign for young girls. No official timetable has been set yet.

Vaitiare Pereyre-Gobrait

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