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 informal settlements, squatter camps, peri-urban communities and rural villages, where women have no voice and 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