Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in Ghana and those between the ages of 15 and 44 are the most at risk. In Ghana, many of these women are mothers who will leave behind dependent children. However, cervical cancer is preventable! Our project will establish a cervical cancer screening and treatment program in the Upper West. This program, run by a dedicated physician in Ghana, will use targeted outreach to screen women for cervical cancer and treat confirmed cases.
Despite being the most common cancer among women in Ghana, cervical care is not a service currently provided in the Upper West Region. Instead, women must travel up to 700km to receive treatment. The distance and cost of transportation to health centers offering treatment significantly impacts the morbidity and mortality of cancer cases. In 2011, 93% of the cases of cervical cancer diagnosed at the Wa Regional Hospital arrived in advanced stages when little could be done to treat them.
Cervical cancer can be prevented and easily treated when found in early stages. Our project will provide preventive and comprehensive cervical care for the Upper West Region. Select nurses will be trained to conduct visual inspections to screen for potential cervical cancer cases at the five district hospitals in the region. Confirmed cases will then begin treatment at the regional hospital. Providing treatment is the most expensive aspect of this project but your donation can make it possible.
Cervical cancer rates in Ghana are steadily increasing. According to the World Health Organization, 5,000 new cervical cancer cases and 3,3361 cervical cancer deaths may occur each year in Ghana by 2025. Our program will help prevent cervical cancer and increase the chances that cervical cancer cases will be caught before progressing to an advanced stage. By providing an accessible treatment center, this program will improve the health and decrease mortality of women in the Upper West Region.