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Efforts Needed To Address Disparities In Cervical Cancer

The Lancet: Cervical cancer: unequal progress
Editorial Board

“Cervical cancer — a disease affecting more than half a million women every year — is now largely preventable. And yet despite an effective vaccine being available for more than 13 years, it still caused 270,000 deaths globally in 2015, 90 percent of which were in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). By setting out epidemiological patterns, outlining the most effective strategies for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and discussing ongoing research questions, a seminar in today’s Lancet … explains why women are still contracting and dying from the disease. … The seminar on cervical cancer tells a story both of successes and failures. Efforts must be focused on urgently reducing this unacceptable disparity by providing the infrastructure necessary for global vaccination” (1/12).

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