This project is to provide breast and cervical care to 25,000 women who do not have the resources to seek screening elsewhere for one year. The free services include mammography, clinical breast examinations and pap smears, teaching of self breast examination and empowerment/advocacy.
The target group is the ever-growing Muslim and Gypsy Roma refugee communities, as well as immigrants from the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia who reside in Northern Greece.
Northern Greece is the main gateway to Europe from many African and Middle Eastern countries. Women and girls from these minority and immigrant communities receive no systematical breast or public health education. With the lack of awareness of the need for medical screening and care, women are often diagnosed with cancer at a very late stage, thus decreasing her chance of survival.
This program will screen women and girls, as well as empower them with public health infomation which will enable them to take control of their own lives. In the event of a diagnosis of cancer, this will be detected at early stages, resulting in a much better prognosis and treatment options. Left uncared for, breast and cervical cancer kills women. In any family and commuity, the premature loss of a daughter, wife, mother is devastating to the stability of the family unit and broader society.
By screening and educating 25,000 women per year, our aim is to reduce mortality rates and undue suffering of women who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through earlier stage detection. This will increase survival rates and reduce suffering/cost of treatment for women, their families and society at large. By detecting early stage cancer, and subsequently employing less invasive treatment, this project will keep women healthy and productive with a natural duration of life.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).
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