The Entebbe based Good Hope Women’s Group has partnered with AAR and Entebbe Hospital and will be offering free cancer screening services for women scheduled to take place on Tuesday April 16, 2019 and Wednesday April 17, 2019 starting 8am to 4pm at St. Apollo Kivebuluya Church Grounds in Nkumba.
According to Mrs Olive Muhanguzi, the Good Hope Women’s Group welfare chairperson, has urged all women to utilize the opportunity to screen for breast and cervical cancer that are on the rise and are the leading cause of cancer related death among women.
“Every year as we conclude the lent period and usher in Easter, we (Good Hope Women’s Group) engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to give back to the less fortunate and under-privileged people in the community just as Jesus Christ healed the sick, the blind and the deaf and also blessed the poor. This year, Good Hope Women’s Group has partnered with AAR and Grade (B) Hospital to offer free cancer screening services for women and besides screening for cervical and breast cancer, AAR will also offer other services including checking blood pressure, Body mass and other ailments and they (AAR) will also be offering free medical advice. On Thursday we shall donate grocery hampers to mothers at the Entebbe Hospital maternity ward”, Mrs. Olive Muhanguzi disclosed.
According to an article Published online on February 3, 2017 by the National center for Bio-technology information (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) titled: Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in Uganda states in part: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in Uganda. Cancer of the cervix uteri is the fourth most common cancer among women worldwide and the leading cause of gynecologic cancer death in low- to middle-income countries. In 2012, there were an estimated 527,624 new cases and 265,672 deaths due to cervical cancer. 85% of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa (Ferlay et al., 2013). In Uganda, cervical cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related death in women. The WHO estimates that in 2014 approximately 3915 Ugandan women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and that 2160 died from the disease (ICO Information Centre on HPV and Cancer (HPV Information Centre), 2016).