Use universal health coverage to rein in cervical cancer

What you need to know:

  • According to the Ministry of Health, approximately 2,500 Kenyan women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

  • The majority of these women go on to die sad and painful deaths, because of the lack of adequate treatment in the late stages in which the cancer is often diagnosed.

This week was the first national Cervical Cancer Awareness week in Kenya. Stakeholders, including government agencies, national hospitals, and non-governmental organisations put together a series of activities aimed at increasing awareness of cervical cancer and promote screening and prevention of the disease.

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