Poverty, gender inequality, lack of education and health services are just a few reasons why very few women have been screened in Nepal. Too often, cancer victims present at a far advanced stage, when it’s too late to save their lives. This problem is compounded by geographical isolation in rural areas. This is why the Nepal Network for Cancer Treatment and Research plans to provide cancer screening services to 1000 women and cancer education sessions to their families in the Kathmandu valley.
In screening camps, results and necessary medications are provided on the spot, and screen-positive patients are referred for follow-up at no cost. Additionally, participants attend breast self-examination workshops and cancer education sessions.
1000 women will have a chance of saving their lives. Their families will be more aware of cancer and local health professionals better trained to prevent it, thereby reducing the local burden of cancer and promoting gender equality in health services