Cancer: A Silent Tragedy
In Africa, cancers of the cervix and breast are not just diseases, but tragedies. Tragedies played out in the theatres of silence in the informal settlements, squatter camps, peri-urban communities and rural villages, where women have no voice and where the prevailing belief is that cancer is a disease of shame, often associated with a fatalistic curse for having lived an immoral life, or some form of witchcraft.
Scope of the Challenge
By 2030 one million Africans will die each year from cancer
A significant majority will be women who die from cancers of the cervix and breast
Many will die without a diagnosis
Most will die without having had any form of conventional treatment, or access to pain medicine