Antonia Tzaj is a hardworking woman from Guatemala. She lives with her husband and three children in a rural community.
Antonia Tzaj underwent a pap smear test with the nurses in our medical partner’s women’s health program, and the results of her pap came back positive. Though Antonia Tzaj does not currently have symptoms, she still needs to undergo a colposcopy, which is a guided biopsy procedure that removes affected areas of the cervix. A colposcopy is often curative for cancerous or precancerous lesions of the cervix, and it is therefore is the best way to prevent the spread of cervical cancer.
With $218 in funding, Antonia Tzaj will consult with a specialist who will perform the colposcopy. Even if cancer or pre-cancer is found in her biopsy results, this procedure is often curative. She will be able to continue to work and sustain her family. The procedure is scheduled for September 7.
She says, “I have limited resources but I am willing to travel as many times as necessary to combat the disease.”