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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2000  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97-101

Cervical Cancer Control in Developing Countries : Beyond Visual Inspection


1 Associate Professor, Cancer Epidemiology & Clinical Research Division, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, India
2 Professor, Division of Cytopathology, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, India
3 Medical Officer, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, India
4 Director, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, India

Correspondence Address:
Cherian Varghese
Associate Professor, Cancer Epidemiology & Clinical Research Division, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum
India
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Low cost technologies are being studied for control of cancer of the uterine cervix in high incidence regions and countries with limited resources. Results from two programs on ‘visual inspection’, one in a general hospital and one in the general population is discussed in the context of health care delivery and competing priorities in developing countries. The very low sensitivity and specificity of visual inspection coupled with the serious limitations in providing diagnostic and therapy services and the lack of compliance among women does not support the concept of cervical cancer control through visual inspection in developing countries.


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