by Eulana Weekes
St.Kitts and Nevis (WINN ) – January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and The Ministry of Health Nevis continues their awareness campaign by encouraging women to get screened for Cervical Cancer.
The WINN Fm News Team contacted Ms Shevanee Nisbett, Senior Health Educator in the Ministry of Health- Nevis who highlighted the awareness plans for 2022 and invited women to be a part of the initiative.
“The month of January is acknowledged as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and as we have been doing for the past 5 years, the Ministry of Health and more specifically Community Nursing will be having their annual Pap Smear drive which is the form of screening for Cervical Cancer. This drive will take place on Saturday the 29th of January, starting at 8 am and ending at 12 pm. This will take place at all six health centres on the island. We encourage all females to get their pap smear done, as early detection saves lives.”
Nisbett said the target population entails young women, as well as women who have never had a pap smear done. If an issue is detected, being tested and screened will ensure that affected women receive early healthcare treatment. Considering that Cervical Cancer is the most treatable and most preventable form of cancer in women, the health educator said women need to get checked.
Nisbett informed that the health centres will be offering the service for free, not only at the Pap Smear drive on Saturday, but also every week at the various health centres.
Women interested in getting a pap smear should adhere to the following tips. Do not have intercourse within 72 hours or 3 days before the screening, avoid using vaginal medications etc and wait at least 1- two weeks after the menstrual cycle to get the pap smear done.
Nisbett, therefore, reiterated her call for women to get screened, so that, if there is anything abnormal, treatment can be administered.