A medical consultant has disclosed that cervical cancer has become the number one killer of women in the country.
Center for Infectious Diseases Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) consultant Dr Mulindi Mwanahamuntu said out of the approximately ten thousand women screened in Lusaka, 200 were diagnosed with the cancer.
Dr. Mwanahamuntu, who is also a university teaching hospital gynecologist, said there is need to sensitize women in the country about the disease as it is both preventable and curable.
He explained that once it is in its advanced stages, cervical cancer becomes very difficult to treat as it affects the pelvic bone adding that most patients would only have 20 per cent chances of survival.
He said CIDRZ has in collaboration with the ministry of heath embarked on screening exercises in most local clinics in Lusaka for free as they have also has trained a number of nurses to diagnose and treat cervical cancer.
Dr. Mwanahamuntu also noted that although all women of 18 years and above are prone to cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS patients are more prone to the disease.
He has since urged all women in the country to conduct regular screening annually to help curb the deadly disease.
According to the recent World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, Zambia is rated second to Tanzania in sub-Saharan Africa for cervical cancer cases.