Every five hours a woman in Peru dies of cervical cancer. In fact, cervical cancer is the most common cancer among Peruvian women – affecting 32.7 per 100,000 women. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in Peruvian women – affecting 28.0 per 100,000 women.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s (PRRR) engagement in Peru began in 2015, with a scoping mission to Lima with partners. In 2016, PRRR participated in National Cancer Institute-sponsored Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum Symposium on Cervical Cancer in Lima and, in November 2016, signed a framework agreement (Convenio Marco) with the Ministry of health to guide future activities in cervical cancer control.
Dr. Patty Garcia, Peru’s Minister of Health, made cervical cancer control a priority in the beginning of her term, and one of her first acts as Minister was to draft national guidelines for the management and control of cervical cancer. PRRR provided input and consultation to the Ministry for these guidelines, which were finalized in December 2016. The new guidelines include the use of diagnostic testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) as a first-line screening test, screening for cervical cancer through the visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) method in addition to cytology screening, and treatment with ablative therapies such as cryotherapy and thermal coagulation.
In February 2017, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and partners traveled to Lima to participate in meetings with the Ministry of Health. The Ministry and PRRR delegation agreed to collaborate on a two-year HPV diagnostic program in Tumbes, on the Ecuadorian border in northern Peru, beginning in July 2017. During a public meeting in February 2017, the Ministry of Health launched the cervical cancer guidelines with representatives from the Pan American Health organization (PAHO), the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), Basic Health International, representatives from Ministries of Health of Argentina, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has also begun to plan activities with La Liga Peruana Contra el Cáncer to provide support to breast cancer screening and treatment services.
Please view our road map for more information about our programs in Perú.
Minster of Health of Peru, Patricia Garcia and Bill Steiger, Chief Program Officer at Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon signing the official partnership agreement at the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) in Lima, Peru. (November 18, 2016)
Minster of Health of Peru, Patricia Garcia, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, and partners in Lima, Peru. (February 17, 2017)