Pap smear campaigns:

WOMEN TAKING ACTION OFFERS THE POOR FREE PAP SMEARS


Women Taking Action are concerned about women's healthcare in poor communities with a particular
emphasis on Cervical Cancer. In South Africa the lifetime risk of developing
Cervical Cancer is high with the disease claiming about 3 400 women annually.
The alarming reality that statistically roughly 20% of South African women have ever had Cervical Cancer
testing done in their lifetime was the driving force behind Women Taking Action's decision to embark on a
FREE PAP SMEAR SCREENING campaign for all poor and marginalized women.



CERVICAL CANCER TESTING NOT A PRIORITY

All too often one hears of Breast Cancer drives and Aids campaigns but seldom of the importance of PAP Smear Testing as
Cervical Cancer has to compete for resources with diseases like HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.

Statistically certain cancers are more prevalent amongst black South African women.
They are, in order of prevalence:



Cervical cancer

Breast cancer

Oesophageal cancer

Uterine cancer

Lung cancer


REDUCING THE BACKLOG



Statistically the South African Health Department has a backlog of roughly five million
Pap smears and Women Taking Action aims to charge ahead by assisting in the reduction of
the backlog and saving lives through early detection.