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INCCA sponsors pathology missions to clinic in Peru
American Society for Cytotechnology
Interested in a volunteer vacation to the Inca highlands and the majesty of the Andes? The INCCA sponsors yearly pathology missions to the CerviCusco women's clinic in Cusco, Peru. Peru has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world and it is estimated that only 30 percent of Peruvian women have had a single Pap. This is an opportunity to provide cervical cancer screening services to women in Cusco and nearby Andean villages. Cytology volunteers prepare and screen Paps for the clinic. Colposcopy, VIA, cryo and LEEP are provided by on-site clinician volunteers. The INCCA is a 501c nonprofit and participation is eligible as a tax deductible expense.

Family and friends are welcome as "helping hands." Sightseeing tours to the nearby Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are available on the weekends.

The 2014 INCCA Mission to Cusco, Peru will be scheduled for the following weeks:
Week 1 — March 3-7
Week 2 — June 2-6
Week 3 — Aug. 18-22
Week 4 — Oct. 20-24

For more information visit www.theincca.org (view a documentary made in Cusco in 2008), www.cervicusco.org and on Facebook at "theincca."

If you are interested in a rewarding experience in one of the world's most beautiful places please contact Dr. Barbara Winkler at bwinkler@mkmg.com.
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