However, this also shows the inequities that remain in cancer care. Women in less economically developed countries, where costly vaccination and screening programmes are less common, are four times more likely to develop cervical cancer and it is the biggest cancer killer in these regions.
“Ensuring universal access to health care is a vital prerequisite for early detection and cancer treatment,” said Dr Fitzmaurice. “Improving access to advanced diagnostic technologies not commonly available in low-SDI countries is a critical step towards achieving health equity globally.”
While wealthier nations with longer life expectancy and national screening programmes top the rankings for new diagnoses, it is developing countries where there are the most cancer deaths..
“The prolapse is something I’ll have to stay on top of my whole life, but the physio has helped enormously,” said Anna, whose experiences have inspired her to start mother and baby fitness classes called Team Mama.
“In lots of countries, women are given pelvic floor physio as standard after giving birth, but here, I felt I had to really fight for it.”
Though her prolapse has remained stable and urinary incontinence has improved, Anna’s diastasis sadly worsened when she gave birth to her second child, Mattie, on 7 August 2017.
Admitting that she had been nervous about getting pregnant again, she added: “Everything had come together quite well, thanks to the physio, then after Mattie it came back hugely.
“I could literally see my intestines through the skin. The gap between the two muscles was bigger than my hand. I still looked like I had a baby bump, too.
"All three of my conditions are hugely related, though.”