(Xinhua) -- Health experts on Thursday
expressed concern about the rate which women in Africa silently
losing their lives to cervical cancer which is potentially
preventable with vaccines and early diagnosis.
made the remarks while speaking at a panel session dubbed
"cervix and gynecological cancers" at the sidelines of the 11th
International Conference on Cancer in Africa (AORTIC 2017) that
opened in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Tuesday.
Rwanda hosts the meeting from Nov. 7 to 10 under the theme
"Cancer in Africa: Making Strides, Creating Solutions."
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in Africa,
34 out of every 100,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer
and 23 out of every 100,000 women die from cervical cancer every
"Cervical cancer is a preventable disease yet it has claimed
many women including young and old in Africa," said Mbatani
Nomonde, obstetrician and gynecologist specialist at UCT Private
Academic Hospital, South Africa.
She added that the increase in cervical cancer incidence in
Africa is now frustrating the progress made towards the
reduction in maternal mortality across the continent.
WHO estimates that cervical cancer will kill more than
443,000 women per year worldwide by 2030, nearly 90 percent of
them in sub-Saharan Africa due to lack of access to health care
services for prevention and curative treatment.
Zvavahera Chirenje, a gynecological oncologist at
Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe said that cervical
cancer is silently killing more women than any other forms of
cancer in majority low income countries on the continent.
"It’s time to rightly focus on cervical cancer and to support
critical interventions for reducing the incidence. Cervical
cancer is highly preventable with effective screening and
treatment of precancerous lesions," he emphasized.
Chirenje pointed out that addressing cultural and
socio-economic factors that negatively affect cervical cancer
screening, early detection and care will play key role towards
reducing the incidence of cervical cancer death.
The four-day conference observed that the reproductive health
concerns of women in their mid-adult years in Africa have long
been given little or no attention in most developing countries.
It recommended African governments to introduce routine
cervical cancer screening and early treatment which can prevent
up to 80 percent of cervical cancers.
The conference has brought 900 health multidisciplinary