Talking About Health Matters: Minding Your Well Being: Cervical Cancer

#Allin4health #health4all #Minding your wellbeing #cervical cancer awareness By Dr T.W Ngwenya Changamire We are in the month of cervical cancer awareness. This is the month where we heighten our efforts on raising awareness on what cervical cancer is and the impact of this disease is affecting our communities. The world health organisation states that Cervical cancer is one of the leading cancer related cause of death in women with an estimated 270000 deaths annually. Of these deaths 85% are occurring in Africa. Cervical cancer disproportionately affects poor countries and the 5 leading countries worst affected are Malawi, Mozambique, Comoros, Zimbabwe and Zambia according to UNICEF. In Zimbabwe Cervical cancer mortality is currently sitting at 64% and there is need to reverse this and according to the Zimbabwe cancer research fund the country has the 5th highest burden of cervical cancer in the world. South Africa also has high incidence rates of Cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the second prevalent cancer following Breast Cancer. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Cervical cancer is abnormal growth of cells of the cervix. The cervix is the most lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.

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