News from the field! 168 women screened in the NNCTR/INCTR cancer screening camp
located in Dhading-Besi, Nepal!
Firstly, we would like to say thank you to everyone that has contributed to this project! We have raised $7,186! And, we are getting close to our goal of 10,000 which will allow us to screen 1000 Nepali women for breast and cervical cancer.
On the 22nd of April 2011 our team traveled 4 hours to Dhading-besi, Nilkantha-1 to conduct a Global Giving funded cancer screening camp.
The camp was held at the Dhading hospital premises, a hospital that currently does not have any available facilities or staff to conduct cancer screening. Therefore, as with many districts that are located further away from Kathmandu, the population in Dhading-besi is very under-serviced in many areas, including cancer services.
We screened 168 women in this district for cervical cancer. Of these women, we detected that 74 were suffering from cervical infection, for which we provided free medication. Another 19 women were suffering some degree of uterine prolapse, and 12 women were found to have pre-cancerous lesions. We arranged for these women found positive to travel free of charge to our affiliated hospitals for their follow up treatment.
We also offered to screen the women for breast cancer. A total of 134 women received an education session about cancer, with a focus on breast and cervical cancer. To combat breast cancer, women are taught how they can monitor their breasts with self-breast examination. After the education session is concluded, the women then receive a physical breast examination by trained nurses. During this one to one time, the women are encouraged to interact with the nurses and ask questions they may have to further their education. At the Dhading-Besi camp our nurses identified 7 women that required referral to our breast cancer specialists at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu.
The feelings of the participants are best expressed by Rubi Shrestha, aged 32 who said,
First of all, on the behalf of Dhadingbesi womens’ groups, I want to thank all the donors and the NNCTR team members who came to run the Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention Camp. This is the first time we have had a cervical and breast cancer screening camp in our district, so today we feel very happy.
Without the camp women would have been developing cancer in their cervix and know nothing about it.
The camp helped protect women from cervical and breast cancer. For that reason it was a blessing for these women and we wish that such camps would be held periodically.
This is not only my opinion, many women have expressed their gratitude and their wish to have such camps again and again.
The good thing about it is that the camp was free and follow-up test and treatment was assured.
The NNCTR team stayed here 2 days for this camp and they tried successfully to convince the hesitant women to come forward for screening.
Last, I should say that the activities as a whole have touched my heart.
The INCTR/NNCTR team wish to thank all donors for making these camps possible! Your donations are providing help to the women of Nepal who are extremely grateful for your generosity. So far we have screened 358 women, and we hope that through your continued support and word-of-mouth we can continue provide these services, and reduce the incidence of these cancers that are affecting so many women in Nepal.
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