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Iris E. Olmeda - Volunteer Service Trip - Cervicusco Peru

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BENEFITING: Direct Relief

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THE STORY:

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in Peru. The incidence is very high in the region and the mortality rates due to cervical cancer in indigenous communities in Peruvian Andes can be as much as 50 times higher than US/Europe. With inadequate access to care, many women are diagnosed in the advanced stages when few treatment options are available and survival scarcely guaranteed. This is truly a disease of inequity... Cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable, yet in Peru, more than 80 percent of women diagnosed with this disease die within five years. Screening tests (Pap smears) and vaccines are effective in preventing and diagnosing cervical cancer at the early stages. However, these options are not readily available outside the developed world, and if so, are cost-prohibitive. But there is hope! Screening and vaccine services are being provided to the community by CerviCusco -- a medical facility that also provides cancer education and treatment along with detection and prevention. With your help, the clinic can continue to provide life-saving diagnosis and care to the impoverished community. I am humbled to have the opportunity to travel with 15 other volunteers to Cusco this October. My company (Becton Dickinson) is providing many of the resources to make the trip successful, but there are still many needs. Please click "Make a Donation" and see how your help can directly make an impact. Any amount helps! Let's push toward $1,000.00 and help provide the consumables and equipment that CerviCusco requires for a 1 month period. Or, better yet, let's strive for $2,500.00 and help a woman with late stage cervical cancer to travel to Lima for treatment. Together, we got this. We can work together for a better WORLD. Campaign deadline: December 15, 2016 with gratitude, Iris E. Olmeda

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