6th Africa WE CAN Breast and Cervical Cancer Advocacy Summit Johannesburg, South Africa (March 15-16, 2019)
Every year more than 2.5 million women are diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women worldwide and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women. Estimates suggest that 5.8 million women will die from breast cancer alone by 2025—two out of three will be in low-resource settings. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women in East Africa, followed by breast cancer. Despite major advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, too often women lack access to essential and timely care, resulting in significant disparities in outcomes. In many communities breast and cervical cancer are shameful conditions and women are afraid to seek medical attention for their symptoms until it is too late.