Cancer is the second leading cause of death after cardiovascular diseases globally.
Cervical cancer is gender-specific cancer and affects the cervix of a woman, it is the fourth leading cause of death in females globally, and the most common gynecological cancer worldwide. In 2018, cervical cancer accounted for greater than 570,000 new cases of cancer worldwide and over 311,000 deaths. Most new cases of cervical cancer and deaths occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria. As of 2018, over 14,000 new cases were discovered with 9,000 dying from this disease.
Statistics show that a woman dies of cervical cancer every minute in Nigeria.
Cervical cancer is known to be caused by an infection of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It is a sexually transmitted infection known to be a causative agent of this cancer. It is one of the few preventable types of cancer worldwide.
The most effective way of preventing cervical cancer is the screening of women in the reproductive age group and vaccination of children between the ages of 9 – 17 years before they are sexually active.
A study carried out in an urban slum in Lagos island showed that only 12.8% of the women were aware of cancer of the cervix, only 0.7% had had a screening test done, none had heard of, taken, or given their eligible daughters the HPV vaccine. This study shows that there is still a lot of work to be done to create awareness of the danger of cervical cancer, the importance of screening, and the role of vaccination as a preventive measure against cervical cancer.
TimeToScreen is the largest community screening program. It was launched in October 2017 in partnership with ACT Foundation. Since its inception, it has screened over 12,000 women for cervical and breast cancer and prevented full-blown cervical cancer in 40 women who were found to have CIN II and treated using the colonoscopy and cryotherapy.
The #TimeToScreen is the most organized cancer community event that leverages data, research, technology, and impact of scale. Sebeccly Cancer Care has successfully conducted community outreach in the following states in Benue, Oyo, Edo, Ogun, and Lagos.
- We have screened over 12,000 women for breast and cervical cancer.
- Provided diagnostic tests to over 300 women with positive screening.
- We have provided awareness and improved knowledge of cancer amongst 1,000,000 Nigerians.
- Detection of early stages of breast cancer in over 400 women thereby increasing their chances for survival.
- Supported the treatment of women with stage 0 cervical cancer, preventing them from full-blown cervical cancer and reducing the burden of cervical cancer in Nigeria by 0.39%.
- Integrating into 3 Primary Healthcare Facilities (PHC).
- Capacity building of healthcare professional of the PHCs to improve the healthcare system and ensure the sustainability of the program.
- Navigation and follow-up of women with abnormalities to secondary and tertiary health care facilities to receive appropriate care.
- Training of 18 community mobilizers to educate their individual communities.
Our achievements are reflections of what we stand for. With passion and commitment, we provide a variety of services as such above, with the aim of providing cancer awareness to the society.