Today February 28, 2022, the Hospital Centre for Endoscopic Surgery and Human Reproductive Research and Application (CHRACERH) launched a mass breast and cervical cancer screening campaign. This free campaign organized in the framework of the 2022 International Women’s Day will run till March 7. In the statement announcing the campaign, Professor Jean Marie Kasis, Director General of the CHRACERH, indicated that the campaign is focused on women over 25.
The initiative is part of the government’s ambition to reduce, by at least 10%, cancer morbidity, and mortality by 2024, as targeted in the National Strategic Plan for Cancer Prevention and Control. Adopted on June 28, 2020, this plan is intended to be a guide in the strategies aimed at reducing cancer risks and mortality. The priority is prevention and screening to avoid new cases.
Indeed, in Cameroon, breast and cervical cancer are the most common and deadliest cancers. In 2020, breast cancer was responsible for the deaths of 2,108 women. Yet, it is one of the most treatable diseases when diagnosed early. As for cervical cancer, it killed 1,787 women in the same year, according to the latest estimates of the global cancer burden (Globocan 2020) published by the World Health Organization (WHO).