Cancer of the cervix

This article on cancer of the cervix is light on details. I thought I might see articles in other publications on this topic but I guess they are busy reporting on other topics.

There are two ways to 'control' cervical cancer. One is primary prevention through human papilloma virus HPV vaccination. The second is secondary prevention through screening (usually Pap smears and other techniques) and early treatment (freezing treatment and other techniques).

This Lancet article lays it out:


I hope that Myanmar increases *both* primary and secondary prevention soon. Cervical cancer is killing women.


Health in Myanmar [him] will be back after the holidays.


UN to help fight cervical cancer
Ei Thinzar Kyaw
Mon, 11/27/2017 - 18:38

Myanmar has been chosen by the United Nations to receive aid to control cervical cancer.

The UN Joint Global Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control has selected the country as one of six to receive technical and financial aid, according to the Non-communicable Diseases Control Division at the Ministry of Health and Sports.

“The programme will start in 2017 and end in 2021. The ministry is trying to include the cervical cancer vaccine in the regular immunisation schedule starting from 2019. Their aid will be very helpful,” said Dr Myint Shwe, director of the division in Nay Pyi Taw.

In 2016, the Central Women’s Hospital and the East Yangon General Hospital studied 106 women aged between 20 and 79 with cervical cancer, and found that 97 of them had not received cervical check-ups before they were diagnosed.

Women aged over 50 accounted for 34.9 per cent of cervical cancer cases, according to joint research by the two hospitals last year.

Since 2002 gynaecologists have developed a reproductive health policy and integrated cervical cancer prevention in a five-year scheme to run from 2014-18.

More than 500,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually and over half of them die.

Cervical cancer is the second-most common cancer in Myanmar’s women after breast cancer.


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