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Haiti and Women's Cancers: Barriers and Solutions

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At the end of the education session, the group gathers for a picture. Most of these women will stay to get cervical cancer screenings and, if needed, cryotherapy. The other women will come back the next day to get screened. An individual screening takes about five minutes and women are moved through quickly. Both the nurses and Holdie perform the screenings on the women. Women who test positive line up against one wall and wait for the cryotherapy treatment. Cryotherapy is a painful, 11-minute long…
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Women's health continues to be a consistently neglected issue in developing countries. The result of...

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This tree was made by cancer patients and represents hope of regrowth through the community. Image by Anna Russell. Haiti, 2017.
This tree was made by cancer patients and represents hope of regrowth through the community. Image by Anna Russell. Haiti, 2017.

Delays in education, diagnosis, and treatment all play a role in the current epidemic of women's cancers in Haiti.

While valiant efforts are being made to combat these barriers, women struggle to access the healthcare system in time to get help.

This slideshow shows the ways that women partner with healthcare providers to overcome barriers, tackle new obstacles, and beat the epidemic.

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