In developed countries, cancer is the second leading cause of mortality AND one of three leading causes of mortality in developing countries. According the latest WHO statistics, cancer causes around 7.9 million deaths worldwide annually. Of these deaths, around 70% or 5.5 million now occur in the developing world. A disease once associated with affluence now places its heaviest burden on poor and disadvantaged populations.
Women are the cornerstone of society and family unit in Africa. They nurture and manage the family while being a source of additional income, providing order and stability. But breast and gynecological cancers are a threat to women in Madagascar and the African continent. The studies show that in more than 50% of the cases, about 28% tested positive for breast cancer and 24% for cervix cancer. These alarming statistics demonstrate that loosing women to cancer will be devastating to Malagasy and African society.