STOP Cervical Cancer and Save African Women's Lives

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Mame-Yaa Bosomtwi
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Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) and African Organisation for Research and Treatment In Cancer (AORTIC) want to ensure that early progress is made towards achieving the World Health Organisation 2030 targets which will bring much needed cervical cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and palliative care services to Africa.

Women’s cancers are dominating the cancer landscape in Africa. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in African women, topping the ranking in 24 of 54 countries. Over one third of all cervical cancer deaths globally occur in sub-Saharan Africa, though the region represents only 14% of the world female population.   

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We have no time waste. Africa has the highest burden countries, particularly with HIV-HPV co-infection driving the number of new cases, which is set to double by 2040 if we take no action. We are calling on all African leaders to face the rising cervical cancer burden in our mothers, sisters and daughters. It does not have to be this way – cervical cancer is a preventable and treatable cancer.