Amazon Promise wrote -
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in low resource areas, including the Peruvian Amazon. Although preventive screening is inexpensive and easy to perform, the majority of women have never been screened.
FACT: EARLY DETECTION SAVES WOMEN’S LIVES!
The most common barriers to screening utilization include poor understanding of the disease and the rationale for screening, poverty, distance/access to a medical facility, and anxiety/fear. We have a plan! Amazon Promise is a 501(c3) non-profit organization that has been working in this region for more than 20 years. AP medical teams do whatever is necessary to reach these villages that have no access to care. Our aim is to improve screening utilization by bringing cervical cancer education and screening to women living in impoverished and remote sections of the Peruvian Amazon.
The Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention has endorsed the “screen and treat” approach as the most effective way to reach the greatest number of women, particularly in remote areas, at least once in their lifetime. The “screen and treat” approach uses vinegar to stain the cervix, looking for abnormal cell changes seen in the pre-cancerous and early stages of cancer. Our pilot project will start with 500 women. Women identified with abnormal cell changes will then be treated using cryotherapy, ALL IN THE SAME VISIT. Women found to have more advanced stages of cancer will be referred to the hospital in Iquitos for treatment.
In order to complete this project WE NEED YOUR HELP! Although the materials for the "screen and treat" program are relatively inexpensive, this fundraiser is to help us purchase colposcopy and cryotherapy equipment (including a portable colposcope, called a Gynocular), and to create a fund to help women with later-stage cervical cancer receive the appropriate testing and treatment.