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A renowned medical practitioner Bayo Windapo of the Polybond medical services has said that cervical cancer is curable if it is detected early.
The doctor made this known at the 2014 Health intervention programme held in Lagos by Human development Initiatives (HDI), a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization working to safeguard the reproductive rights and health of women (particularly widows), children, adolescents and youths.
Dr Windapo who spoke extensively on cervical cancer introduced a new technology in cancer detection called Luviva. Luviva is designed as a new non-invasive test that has the potential to significantly improve the early detection of cervical precancers. LuViva is designed as a fast, painless test that – unlike Pap smears and HPV testing – does not require a tissue sample or the delay of laboratory analysis.
“Early detection of cancer and precancers greatly improves survival, and LuViva is designed to help preserve the reproductive health of women” Windapo said.
LuViva uses proprietary technology to identify cancers and precancers quickly by analyzing light reflected from the cervix. The technology distinguishes between normal and diseased tissue by detecting biochemical and morphological changes at the cellular level.
Other highlights of the events include; Health screening (Blood Pressure Check, Temperature, Urine test ‘Urinalysis’, Height and Weight check), Diabetes test, HIV test, consultation and counselling, treatment of minor ailments with available Over The Counter (OTC) Drugs and referral of cases for expert management as necessary.
According to the programme coordinator, Mrs Bolanle Dare “ the exercise is in continuance of our objective to safeguard the reproductive health & rights of widows, we are organizing health intervention for Women in 3 different locations namely: Yaba LCDA / Mainland LGA, Somolu LGA, and Bariga LCDA in Lagos State. The aim of the programme is to create a forum for health education on prevailing health problems affecting women and also to enlighten the women on the importance of constant medical checkup”
She further noted that similar exercise will take place in Shomolu and Bariga in July and August respectively.