Prevent and Detect Cervical Cancer in Guatemala

 
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Sep 8, 2010

A WINGS volunteer reflects on her summer with us

WINGS has been fortunate enough to host numerous, well-qualified volunteers in 2010. Here is what one volunteer, Shelly Cooper, said about working for WINGS’ Cervical Cancer Detection and Treatment Program this past summer:

“I couldn’t have spent my summer off from medical school working with a more valuable program than WINGS’ cervical cancer program. After reviewing patient charts and attending clinics, I had the opportunity to talk to many Guatemalan women and hear their amazing stories. Many of the women had never been screened for cervical cancer before. Of those that had previously been screened using a Pap-smear, the majority had never received their results and/or several years had passed since their last screening. In addition to the invaluable preventative medicine component of these clinics, the nurses are also able to detect and begin treating various vaginal infections that same day. Patients may have been suffering for months until the WINGS mobile clinic happens to be in their municipality and distributes the necessary antibiotics. These clinics also provide a unique opportunity for women to comfortably talk with two experienced Guatemalan nurses about family planning, OBGYN issues or just basic female anatomy! The WINGS cervical cancer program is truly a successful and effective program.” WINGS’ cervical cancer program was very successful this past summer. In July alone, WINGS nurses screened 263 women for cervical cancer. Of these women, 97% were screened for the first time ever. These clinics likely saved the lives of three women who were found to have early signs of cervical cancer. WINGS’ staff was able to successfully treat two of these women with cryotherapy on the same day. The third, who showed signs of more advanced cancer, was referred to the National Cancer Institute, where WINGS will subsidize the cost of all follow-up treatment needed to help save her life.

WINGS is very grateful to its donors who help make these life-saving services available to underserved women in Guatemala. Thank you for your continued support of WINGS and for making a real difference in the lives of women in Guatemala!

Sincerely,

The WINGS Team

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Organization

WINGS

Antigua, N/A, Guatemala
http://www.wingsguate.org

Project Leader

Annie Keel

Development Coordinator
Antigua Sacatapequez, Guatemala

Where is this project located?

Map of Prevent and Detect Cervical Cancer in Guatemala