Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women worldwide. Yet many women do not have an opportunity to protect themselves from this killer:
- More than 85 of 100 cervical cancer deaths occur in developing countries.
- Africa has 4 ½ times more cases of cervical cancer compared with the U.S.
- Africa has 10 times more deaths from the disease than the U.S.
The burden of HPV in developing countries is due to the fact that women lack access to cervical cancer screenings and HPV vaccines. The documentary Lady Ganga: Nilza's Story gives viewers a sense of this situation by telling the story of Nilza, a mother who was fortunate enough to have a screening due to the efforts of Michele Baldwin, an American mom who lost her life to cervical cancer. Baldwin spent her last days raising awareness for the need to increase preventative care in countries like India.