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Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Mar;56(1):76-87. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828237ac.

Cervical cancer screening and prevention in low-resource settings.

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Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA.

Abstract

Cervical cancer is both preventable and curable, yet it remains one of the leading causes of mortality in women worldwide. Approximately 88% of cervical cancer cases are diagnosed in low-resource countries, yet very few resources are allocated to prevention and treatment programs. In fact, it is estimated that only 5% of women in low-resources countries are screened appropriately for cervical cancer. Cytology-based programs are not feasible because of lack of healthcare infrastructure and cost, thus alternative methods of cancer screening, such as visual inspection with acetic acid and HPV-DNA testing, have been intensively studied and are reviewed in this article.

PMID:
23337844
DOI:
10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828237ac
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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