27 Apr The Fight Against Cervical Cancer
Helen Evans, GAVI Alliance
Geneva, 26 April 2011 – Every year, some 270,000 women die from cervical cancer, most of them in developing countries where screening and treatment services are lacking. In a country like Rwanda, cervical cancer is the leading cancer killer. Most of these deaths occur when women are in their forties and fifties, as opposed to most cancers which kill later in life, therefore, in addition to the personal and family tragedy, causing an important national economic and health burden.