President expected to open three-day Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference, exhibition in capital tomorrow

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected to open the three-day 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference and exhibition in the capital tomorrow.

The conference is organised by the Office of the Namibian First Lady under the theme “Moving forward to end Cervical Cancer by 2030: Universal Access to Cervical Cancer Prevention”.

The conference objectives are to share experiences and best practices, and to take stock of responses to cancer of the reproductive system on the continent.

The conference is also aimed at developing strategic action points for the acceleration of the prevention and management of cancer, and for an increased engagement of women and men in the mobilisation for the prevention and management of cancers in Africa.

Speaking at a training workshop on cervical cancer prevention here on Thursday, First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, in her speech read on her behalf by her special adviser Reverend Justina Hilukiluah, said about 65 women have died of cervical cancer, while over 130 are diagnosed with the disease in Namibia every year.

She said women with HIV are four to five times more likely to develop cervical cancer than their HIV-negative peers.