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The Weekly: A country on the brink of wiping out cervical cancer

August 19, 2022

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How Rwanda could become one of the first countries to wipe out cervical cancer

THURSDAY, August 18 (The Guardian) — It’s 10am on Thursday and midwife Patrice Mukarukundo holds up a swab and explains to the packed benches of women and babies how they will be tested. About 40 women are at Rubona health centre, in Huye district, Rwanda, for their first screening for human papillomavirus (HPV), an infection which can cause cervical cancer. Among them is Olive Uhutesi, 39.

 

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Almost half of cancer deaths globally are attributable to preventable risk factors, new study suggests
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Countries with Universal Health Care had Better Child Vaccination Rates During Pandemic
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Foundation News

 

Congressional spouses highlight community work to break down screening barriers from coast to coast

By Lisa McGovern, congressional spouse, and executive director of the nonpartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. 

Through our community grants program, the Prevent Cancer Foundation annually identifies and funds extraordinary work across the U.S. to educate the public about lifesaving cancer screenings and make them more accessible and affordable. 

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit Bangor, Maine, to learn more about the work of a 2021 community grantee, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC). I was joined by fellow congressional spouses and members of the Congressional Families Program*—Mary Herman, spouse of Sen. Angus King, and Isobel Golden, spouse of Rep. Jared Golden—to call attention to the vital resources available to their Maine constituents that could increase cancer screening rates. Read more

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