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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 1990 Nov;33(3):249-55.

Carcinoma of the cervix in the African setting.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Nairobi, Kenya.


Carcinoma of the cervix is the commonest female malignancy in sub-Saharan Africa today. A brief description of its prevalence and distribution is given. Kenyan data is then used to illustrate the predominance of advanced disease in mostly premenopausal women (70%) of high parity. Follow up is characteristically poor and treatment results, although difficult to calculate with accuracy, are also poor. These are compared to FIGO statistics. Against this background aspects peculiar to the tumor, patient and treatment facilities in Africa are cited and discussed with reference to current relevant literature.

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