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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828237ac
Screening Tests for Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention in Low-resource Settings

BRADFORD, LESLIE MD; GOODMAN, ANNEKATHRYN MD

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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.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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