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cervical cancer - leading cause of deaths among women in Tanzania, but preventable

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  1. kapotolo

    kapotolo JF-Expert Member

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    Do you guys know that cervical cancer is the most common and the leading cause of deaths among all female cancers in Tanzania? yes it is, but fortunately it is among the few cancers that can completely be prevented.

    Its prevention lies on the fact that it is the kind of cancer with pre-cancer states that can be detected and treated before cancer appears.

    Jamani kansa ikikupata matibabu ni magumu. Most of the time it is discovered at an advanced stage, about 90% of women who are admitted at Muhimbili National hospital are diagnosed with advanced cancer that can not be treated or only offered palliative treatment.

    Prevention is by screening for premalignant cervical lesion. The premalignant lesion when discovered are treated with cure rate of 100%. Screening is done every three years and all women above the age of 25 are eligible for the screening tests. Kwa wakazi wa Dar es salaam, Muhimbili hospital wanafanya opportunistic screening kwa pap-smear, Ocean road cancer institute wanafanya pia screening kwa VIA and VILI, so women living in Dar and around Dar please visit these hospitals for screening. The procedures are painless and takes about 10 - 15 minutes which can add more than 25 years to your life compared to those with cervical cancer.

    Kwa wa mikoani, KCMC screening inafanyika, Songea inafanyika Peramiho Mission Hospital na hospitali ya Mkoa wa Ruvuma.

    Love your body, aim to live longer, take a screening test.