CERVICAL cancer is one of the top diseases affecting women in the Solomon Islands.
Breast cancer is the second highest cancer.
Last year, a HPV Vaccination Demonstration program was announced in Solomon Islands which is good news for women and girls in the country.
The Solomon islands Australia Cervical Cancer Foundation has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and has been working towards commencing a HPV Vaccination Demonstration program that have commence in Honiara and Guadalcanal last year.
The program continues this year, and many women and girls said it is good news and a positive step for women and girls in efforts to reduce its brutal effects.
The program last year was aimed at vaccinating around 3000 women and girls.
Last October, a machine to detect and diagnose breast cancer was handed over to the National Referral Hospital.
It is a step forward for women in the Solomon Islands and expected to save lives of women and girls if they go for early checkups.
Women and girls are encouraged to do early checks and detection of their breast to save their lives.
By TRIXIE CARTER