The committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS (SCORA), one of the six standing committees of the Federation of Ghana Medical Students’ Associations (FGMSA) organized a free screening for cervical cancer on the 10th of November 2018 in Kaneshie, Accra – Ghana at the Divine Grace Clinic and Maternity Home.
Ninety-one (91) women out of the expected 100 were screened by visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA). Six (6) of them were positive for the pre-cancerous lesion and out of these six, three (3) were treated for free using thermocoagulation. Two (2) were transferred to the catholic hospital at Battor and one (1) was scheduled to return in six months’ time for a follow-up. All the women were educated on the condition prior to their screening.
The project with theme; “Cervical Cancer Awareness: Save the woman, Save the nation” was sponsored by IPAS with support from MOMIC – third year medicine class of University of Ghana and personnel from the Catholic hospital Battor headed by Dr Kofi Effah – an obstetrician gynaecologist.
Cervical cancer is a common cancer among women worldwide. About 1500 women in Ghana die each year from this condition. The incidence of cervical cancer in developed countries has reduced by over 80% in the past 50 years due to cervical cancer screening programs. The Human Papilloma virus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and is transmitted through sex.
We advise females, especially the sexually active to get screened since early detection saves life.