A safe and highly effective vaccine, tragically underused

A safe and highly effective vaccine, tragically underused

by Helen Rees | University of the Witwatersrand We can protect young girls against HPV and save millions of lives from cervical cancer – let’s make it a priority I never met my grandmother. She died in her mid-forties, a housewife married to a coalminer in a poor Welsh mining community. Although my father was never sure, he thought that she died from cancer of the ‘neck of the womb’ – what we now call…

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Community-based cervical cancer prevention: Building the capacity of health workers in Nigeria for prevention of cervical cancer through screening using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and treatment with cryotherapy

Community-based cervical cancer prevention: Building the capacity of health workers in Nigeria for prevention of cervical cancer through screening using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and treatment with cryotherapy

  By Dr. Peter O. Adefuye (1), and Mrs Bola Idowu-Ajiboye (2) Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Olabisi Onabanjo University & Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria Centre for Research in Reproductive Health Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria and Mrs Bola Idowu-Ajiboye Introduction Global burden of cervical cancer is high, accounting as the seventh most common cancer in men and women world wide and fourth most common cancer in women globally. An estimated 528000 new cases and 266000…

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Zimbabwe: Cancer now more dangerous than HIV, Aids

Zimbabwe: Cancer now more dangerous than HIV, Aids

By Veneranda Langa October is cancer month and the Parliament of Zimbabwe last week debated a motion on the report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe delegation to the 9th Stop in Africa Conference which was held in July in Nairobi, Kenya. Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care Ruth Labode introduced the motion in the National Assembly where she said the committee recommended that the Ministry of Health and Child Care…

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Trends in cancer incidence in rural Eastern Cape Province; South Africa, 1998–2012

Ntuthu I.M. Somdyala, D. Maxwell Parkin, Nomfuneko Sithole and Debbie Bradshaw Abstract There are few cancer trend data reported in sub-Saharan Africa notably due to the scarcity of population-based cancer registries (PBCRs). The Eastern Cape Province PBCR is amongst the few registries in sub-Saharan Africa that reports data for a rural population. Trends in cancer incidence are reported for the period 1998–2012. Registered cases, age-standardized rates (ASRs) and standardized rate ratios are presented for the most common cancers in…

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Downstaging cancer in rural Africa

Downstaging cancer in rural Africa

  Cancer is usually diagnosed late in rural Africa leading to incurability and abbreviated survival. Many curable cancers present on the body surface, often recognizable early by laymen as suspicious, justifying professional referral. Cancer diagnoses in two randomly chosen Tanzanian villages were compared after conventional dispensary self-referral vs. proactive visits in the home. Village navigators organized trips for professional consultation. In the control village 21% were self-referred, 20% of them were sent on as suspicious,…

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