Session on Cervical Cancer


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Cervical cancer, the second most common cancer among women worldwide, is an important public health issue. There were more than 493,000 new cases diagnosed and 273,500 deaths from cervical cancer in 2000. Approximately 85% of these deaths occurred in developing countries, and in some parts of the world cervical cancer claims the lives of more women than pregnancy-related causes. This condition affects not only the health and lives of women, but also their children, families, and their community. This extended impact is often undervalued when setting health priorities and requires greater consideration by policymakers.

The objective of this session is to exchange information about current cervical cancer prevention and control initiatives and to identify the gaps and needs.