The impact of cervical cancer on children in UgandA
The Impact of Cervical Cancer on Children in Uganda
Cervical cancer affects women of childbearing age with dependent children. Mortality rates climb as women enter their forties, resulting in significant years of life lost. In addition to the physical and emotional burden of disease, cervical cancer has economic and social impacts. Dependent children are impacted by the morbidity and mortality of their mother’s disease, as is the whole family. In studies looking at orphaned children in developing countries, there are a number of impacts across a child’s lifetime identified. These include social, health, educational, nutritional impacts. Cervical cancer is unique in its impact on orphaned children in that it is a near preventable cancer that has a very high mortality. By understanding and quantifying the impact on children, we can work to influence the mobilization of resources and support for effective cervical cancer screening worldwide.