n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - A new solution for a South African catastrophe? : review




Extracted from text ... Obstetrics & Gynaecology Forum ? February 2006 5 REVIEW O&G Forum 2006;16:5-8 Introduction Carcinoma of the cervix remains the number one cancer of women in South Africa. Twenty-three percent of all reported cancers in women are of the uterine cervix.1 The age standardised incidence rate for South Africa is in the region of 35/100 000 women years. This represents one of the highest incidence rates in the world. Cervix cancer caused an estimated 3700 deaths in South Africa during 2002. Clearly this epidemic of cervix cancer needs urgent attention. Human Papilloma Virus is an extremely potent carcinogen. Over the ..


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