Rwanda’s health ministry is set to introduce a countrywide campaign against cervical cancer. The campaign the first of its kind in the region will see the introduction of a comprehensive pact against cervical cancer. It will include vaccinating of young girls between the ages of 9 and 15 and screening tests for women above the age of 15.
Cervical cancer begins with abnormal changes in the cervical tissue, including; early sexual contact, multiple sexual partners, cigarette smoking, and taking oral contraceptives or better still birth control pills. It could also be caused by a previous infection with the human papilloma-virus.
Like all cancers, as Dr. Fidel explains cancer of the cervix is much more likely to be cured if it is detected early and treated immediately.
Though great strides are being made to prevent cervical cancer, there still challenges to be addressed in the process.
Stephen Rulisa is a gynecologist dealing with cervical cancer patients. He says one of the biggest challenges they face is that of not having proper equipments in screening and testing cancer.