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Global Call to Stop Cervical Cancer

We received another request to post about the Global Call to STOP Cervical Cancer. I will keep it brief as other bloggers have also just posted about this (links at the end of the post). They have a great coalition lined up, but unfortunately I had a difficult time finding information on cervical cancer itself (2 links deep on the site, see Discovery Health for facts and information) . One of the facts that is the driving force of this coalition is worth sharing with others:

“Cervical cancer, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), strikes more than 500,000 women every year and causes more than a quarter million deaths annually. Approximately 80% of these deaths occur in developing countries, making cervical cancer the most common cause of cancer-related death for women in the developing world.”

For an interesting project related to this, see this research conducted by Haas Business school students on a self-diagnostic technology by Roche in South Africa for women living in rural areas.

Other sources:
Cervical cancer marketing and politics, link
Center for Global Develoment, link (Great post raising some important questions)
Global Health Report, link
Kenyan MP advocacy, link
Thailand rejects cervical cancer vaccine, link
For general information on reproductive health definitely check out this blog

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Written by Aman

July 9, 2007 at 5:01 am

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