If our mission is to bring advanced point-of-care diagnostics to those people who need them most, then there is no disease we can have a greater impact on than cervical cancer. As the leading cause of cancer death for women, killing over a quarter of a million women a year, cervical cancer is tragically an easily treated disease: if caught in the first five years, treatment is quick and immediate, using cryotherapy. It requires no on-going medicine or treatment, and in 95% of the cases is fully treated. If any disease should be relegated to the dustbin of history, it is cervical cancer.
To more clearly define how we intend to impact the field, and defeat cervical cancer, we put together the following internal document - still in draft form. The document compares our approach of mobile, multimodal colposcopy to the current state of the art, Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid - an important technique doing an immense amount of good around the world, but limited by the technology currently available. Upgrading the core technology used is our purpose, because the screening determines the application of treatment, and the treatment, while simple, is the most costly part (and damaging aspect) of cervical cancer prevention. In the report we write:
Since the screen and treat method is widely agreed to be the most realistic and effective method to reduce mortality due to cervical cancer, improving screening is the key to ensuring effective and efficient treatment. This is especially important because treatment is the more costly part of the procedure, sometimes by a factor of 4. Lacking abundance of trained healthcare workers, cytology laboratories, and accessibility of cervical cancer clinics, there exists a unique challenge to successfully screening and treating cervical cancer in the developing world. It is important to MobileOCT to conquer this challenge by increasing the precision of testing, by significantly increasing the PPV, in order to better identify those who have cervical cancer and limit as much as possible pain and suffering due to treating those who don’t.
You can read more of the document here, and please send us any comments and questions you may have.
How to Defeat Cervical Cancer
This blog reflects the lessons our team learns on our quest to defeat cervical cancer.