Cervical cancer is the number one killer of women in the Zambia


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.


  1. I hope this report has misrepresented Dr Mwanahamuntu cancer because it is erroneous and misleading to say the least. Nurses cannot diagnose and treat cervical cancer although they may be trained to screen for it by taking cervical smears. Cytological and definitively histological examinations will diagnose cervical cancer following on a proper clinical history and examination.

  2. The way forward is to invest in screening programmes which should include colposcopy and provide more histopathologists. Women should be encouraged to attend for regular screening every 3 years
    (RCOG recommendation) or more frequently for those with minor abnormalities at screening. Above all health education.

    Actually I’m bore so I’m like, hey why not say something?

  3. Dr. Mwana’ PLEASE tell us what help is available for women with abnormal smears such as CIN 1,2 OR 3 or is this only for research purposes? Reseach without implementation is useless.

  4. This is what we should do in Zambia with my experience in OB/GYN as a physician in USA.
    1. Mass education about the causes,clinical presentation, complications, management options and prevention of cervical cancer thru’ media, tabloids and schools.
    2.Females above 18yrs or sexually active in past 3 yrs; whichever comes first should have yearly pap smear, abnormal paps will be followed with colposcopy as per protocal.
    3. Offer vaccine( Gardasil) which is now available to females b’tween 9 to 26yr

  5. #5 what if it affects your mother, sister,cousin or niece? Is this what you have experienced in your family? Who do they have sex with anyway isnt with a man? Think before you comment on sensitve issues such as this one, nangu walipena!

  6. Dr Sakulanda. Good observation and recommendation but this requires an investment. The Center is alluding to this as the number one killer. Are there published statistics to support this assertion or this is just another way of eoching for recognition. Zambia has so many areas that require attention medical wise and until we build at database of area of need we will keep jumping and any assertion some so called expert says. Over the years the statistical office has cried about funding
    ..to cont

  7. Lots of ladies in zed like to insert corrosive substances or leaves/herbs into the vagina for the purpose of tightening or narrowing the organ which only ends up dry, that can cause painful sexual intercourse leading to HIV infection or cancer.
    Banachimbusa, stop telling young girls lies.. good sex does not come from a dry coochie but a naturally warm lubricated padussy!

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