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Program launched to cut cervical cancer incidence

ABOUT 500,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide each year and 80 percent of them are in developing countries. The number is 135,000 for China, making it the second most common cancer after breast cancer.

Due to a lack of early screening, cervical cancer incidence in China is six times that of developed countries.

"Cervical cancer is the only cancer with a clear cause and can be prevented and cured through early detection and early treatment," said Dr Li Bin, vice president of Maternity and Child Health Hospital of Fudan University.

"Since cervical cancer has no symptoms at early stage and people are unaware of the disease. About 80 percent of the patients are in terminal stage when they were diagnoses of cervical cancer."

To spread knowledge about cervical cancer and improve its treatment, Project HOPE, a non-profitable organization, and BD China launched a three-year cervical cancer prevention and control program yesterday in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Fuzhou.

The program includes the training of pathologists and gynecologists, free check for migrant women, and lectures in communities.


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