The pharmacy chain Dis-Chem is offering a large discount on pap smears at their in-store wellness clinics.
Usually, pap smears, when laboratory costs are included, can cost up to R800.
But for February, this has been lowered to only R120. Dis-Chem offers the pap smear in partnership with Lancet Laboratories, as part of an awareness campaign for cervical cancer.
"Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in women worldwide," says Dis-Chem clinics manager Lizeth Kruger. She says more than 4,000 South Africans die from this disease every year.
Cervical cancer can be successfully treated if it’s found early.
Dis-Chem also offers prostate cancer screenings for R120 this month. Like the pap smears, the amount includes lab fees.
"When abnormal prostate tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat and cure, but it is unclear if early detection reduces mortality rates," says Kruger.
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