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CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING CAMP: MAHARASHTRA - 30th September 2023
 

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women, after breast cancer. In India, cervical cancer contributes to approximately 6–29% of all cancers in women (National Institutes of Health). 25% of all global deaths due to cervical cancer occur in India.

Early detection of cervical cancer is critical because the disease often doesn't show symptoms until it's advanced. In rural Maharashtra, like many parts of India, access to quality healthcare can be a challenge. This makes it even more important to catch cervical cancer early. By organising a cervical screening camp in partnership Shree Raj Medical &amp Healthcare Centre and the Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre, we were able to create a supporting and welcoming environment for them, allowing them to openly discuss health concerns. This open dialogue removed the stigma and fear often associated with gynecological exams and encouraged the women to prioritize their well-being.

 

The Pap smear technique, a screening test to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that may indicate the presence of cervical cancer or pre-cancerous conditions, was used. It is a relatively simple and quick procedure, usually taking just a few minutes and have been highly effective in reducing the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer.

Beyond the medical services, the camp raised awareness about cervical cancer. It highlighted the importance of regular screenings and the potential consequences of neglecting one's health. This increased awareness can have a long-lasting impact on the community, encouraging more women to prioritize their health. Cultural and social stigmas often surround discussions of reproductive and sexual health in rural areas can also be broken.

We hope to continue to conduct more such camps to bridge the gap in healthcare access and awareness, empowering individuals in rural communities.

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