Zambia Leads in Early Cervical Cancer Detection and Treatment

Cervical and breast cancer are the leading causes of cancer-related deaths among women in developing countries. In fact, Zambia has the world’s second highest rate of cervical cancer and deaths each year. Women who are HIV-infected are 4-5 times more likely to develop cervical cancer than women who are not HIV-infected. With the success of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) for the treatment of HIV, many women are living longer, healthier lives, but then go on to develop cervical cancer. These women often develop cervical cancer at young ages – some in their 20s and 30s. Recent efforts and focused attention from within Zambia and around the world are helping to turn this around.

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