Cervical Cancer Is a Potential Epidemic; Yet a Preventable Killer

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Prevent Cervical Cancer

The Pan American Health Organization, as a member of the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention (ACCP), has issued a new publication and reported that cervical cancer, while largely preventable, kills almost a quarter-million women worldwide each year.

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The publication, a 255 page Manual for Planning and Implementing Cervical Cancer Prevention Programs, is a result of the collective experiences of the Alliance that includes PAHO and four other international health organizations: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), PATH, EngenderHealth and JHPIEGO.

The Manual outlines affordable strategies for screening, diagnosing and treating pre-cancerous lesions, including visual inspection screening methods and cryotherapy treatment (compressed gas to freeze precancerous lesions). The Manual has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research.

The health alliance said in a report issued in Geneva last week that about 80 percent of the 500,000 yearly new cases of cervical cancer worldwide occur in developing nations

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