assistants and even a director from the national Ministry of Health to
provide free exams and treatment for 71 local women at the Zacamil
Clinic in San Salvador. Many of the women -- ranging in age from 15
to 81 -- had never before had a gynecological exam.
While most of the patients had normal exams, many -- including an 18
year old -- required cryotherapy treatment with a special "gun" that
uses nitrous oxide gas to freeze abnormal cervical lesions caused by
the human papillomavirus (HPV). The treatment dramatically reduces
the chances of the patient developing cervical cancer in the future.
In the photos (from top): volunteers and staff attend early
morning orientation; a young mother arrives with her son at the
Zacamil Clinic; and patients are interviewed for their medical
histories by Clinic staff prior to being seen.
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-- Larry Shushan, PINCC volunteer