Advocacy for cervical cancer prevention and control in Africa
Women’s cancers are highly prevalent, specifically breast and cervical cancer. It is estimated that more than 266,000 women die of cervical cancer each year, and 87% of these death are happening in less developed regions of the world such as the WHO African region. This is a major economic and social burden from cancer directly affecting Africa. If nothing is done, the number of death will reach 416,000 in 2035.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer mortality among women in developing countries. In sub-Sahara, 34.8 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed per 100,000 women annually and 22.5 per 100,000 women die from the disease.