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'Cervical cancer is largely preventable'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Nearly 74,000 women-a fifth of the global cases-die every year in from -cervical cancer, a largely preventable malady. With Intensified developed countries have considerably reduced the deaths from cervical cancer, a leading expert has offered help to benefit from the global experience in terms of prioritizing and

"The story of has considerably reduced the risk of women dying from in the developed countries. The situation in less developed countries where women are dying each year because of is scandalous, according to Ian Jacobs, of the (UNSW), and an acknowledged global expert on the subject.

Jacobs who has worked in the field for over 30 years said this while delivering the inaugural evidence policy lecture organised by The for Global Monday.

UNSW, a top-50 global university, has set up an to drive collaborations and partnerships in areas like public health, education, photovoltaics and sustainability.

According to a study by The for Global India, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) prevalence in India is 88 to 97 per cent among women with cervical cancer.

"Cervical cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in India, can be checked with effective screening and access to timely treatment," the study noted.

A report by Global Burden of (GBD) also suggested that cervical cancer common among in less developed countries entails four times higher risk compared to women in developed countries. Jacobs said intensified screening in developed countries has considerably reduced the risk of women dying from cervical cancer.

Australian High to India, Harinder Sidhu, said that her country's had launched a to clear much of the misinformation prevalent on the issue, particularly in rural India. Talking about the Australia-India partnership, she said health has been identified as one of the key areas of co-operation in Australia's new economic strategy towards India.

Vivekanand Jha, Executive Director, The for Global Health, India, a (public health research institute), also pointed that if India is to achieve universal health coverage as envisaged under the Sustainable Development Goals, it needs to make an integral part of its health policy.



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First Published: Tue, December 11 2018. 13:24 IST