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Cervical Cancer in Uganda: Three Perspectives

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Image by Sascha Garrey. Uganda, 2014.
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In the U.S., the HPV vaccine and regular pap smears have almost stopped the pervasiveness of...

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Image by Sascha Garrey. Uganda, 2014.

Cervical cancer is a serious public health challenge in Uganda. According to the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC), each year nearly 47 women per 100,000 women over the age of 15 are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Uganda, as compared to approximately 9 women per 100,000 women over the age of 15 in the United States. Although many Ugandan women are affected by this disease, mainstream awareness about cervical cancer prevention is lacking among the general population. Even so, there is an increasing number of opportunities to screen for the disease in Uganda. This audio slideshow provides an insight into the experiences of three Ugandan women from different backgrounds who have been screened or treated for cervical cancer.

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