Santos is a mother of five from Guatemala. For a year, she has experienced troubling gynecological symptoms.
Santos 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 Santos 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, Santos 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. Following a colposcopy, Santos will be able to better understand her condition and return to caring for her family. The procedure is scheduled for October 30.
She says, “Although I am nervous for the procedure, I am very grateful for the financial and emotional support that I am receiving through your organization.”