Being a woman in mining industry typically comes with a lot of responsibility – managing the household and balancing work, kids’ schedule, among other things. Sometimes, it’s hard to make self-care a priority.
To commemorate the 2024 Occupational Health and Safety Month, the BK3N committee is encouraging women in mining to reflect on their individual health needs and take steps to improve their overall health.
Through the seminar themed “Women with Occupational Health and Safety Cultured, Be Safe at Work” that was held on January 19 and 29, 2024 at the Community Hall in the Highlands and at the Multipurpose Building in the Lowlands, attracted over 400 participants. PTFI strives to ensure women in mining areas have access to their physical and mental health provider as well as being aware of the risks of gynecological diseases.
dr Yuanita Gunawan, Sp.Og as a speaker, provides information and educational materials for women in mining to raise awareness about main gynecological cancers.
Gynecological cancer is any cancer that starts to grow in a woman’s reproductive organs. It can grow in different areas within a woman’s pelvis, the area below the stomach and in between the hip bones.
Here are the five main types of gynecologic cancer you need to know:
- Cervical cancer occurs in the cervix, which is the lower, narrow end of the uterus, and is often caused by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
- Ovarian cancer affects the ovaries, the female reproductive organs located on each side of the uterus.
- Uterine cancer (Endometrial Cancer) develops in the lining of the uterus (endometrium), the pear-shaped organ in a woman’s pelvis where the baby grows when a woman is pregnant.
- Vaginal cancer forms in the vaginal tissues, which is the hollow, tube-like channel between the lower part of the uterus and the outside of the body.
- Vulvar cancer occurs on the external genitalia, specifically the vulva.
Women are also at risk for diseases like breast cancer. This cancer accounts for 12.5% of all new annual cancer cases worldwide, making it the most common cancer in the world.
Breast cancer is a disease in which breast cells grow out of control. There are different kinds of breast cancer based on which cells turns into cancer cells.
Most breast cancers begin to grow in the ducts or lobules, and can spread outside the breast through blood vessels and lymph vessels. When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it is said to have metastasized.
“The key to identifying these diseases and health issues is to do proper screening, and making sure women can receive the treatment they need.” dr. Yuanita explained.
dr Lista Wimarlie, MKK elaborated a collaboration plan is in place with the Occupational Health Department, that in 2024 the Annual Medical Check Up will include the gynecology health screening.
Female employees account for 6.1% of all the manpower including PTFI employees & contractors. Rustiarso Rianto, SVP Operations Maintenance said, “The number of women employees has increased compared to last year, I believe this upward trend will continue and will accelerate.”
Yulia Rumbiak Saba, Manager Stakeholder Relations emphasized that in order to broadened global awareness related to women’s health, strong commitment and support system are required to succeed.
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