The Ministry of Health and Child Care has started a nationwide campaign for free cervical cancer screening to enable early diagnosis and provide easier access to medical treatment.

The country continues to record an increase in new cases of cancer and the nationwide campaign on free cervical cancer screening is targeting all women of child bearing age for early diagnosis.

Giving an update on cervical cancer screening and treatment to the ZBC News, Director for Family Health in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Bernard Madzima said Zimbabwe is ranked amongst countries with a top cervical cancer burden and there is need for a prevention mechanism.

Dr Madzima said people living with HIV and AIDS are at high risk of having cervical cancer and should constantly go for screening as recurrence rate after treatment is very high.

According to statistics from the Cancer Registry, Zimbabwe records at least 5 000 new cases of cancer every year.