Maternal and reproductive health

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Cervical cancer screening and management of cervical pre-cancers

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women worldwide and causes a significant number of deaths in the South-East Asia (SEA) Region. Nearly 200,000 new cases of cervical cancer occurred in SEA Region Member States in 2008, giving an incidence of almost 25 per 100,000 and a mortality rate of almost 14 per 100,000. Cervical cancer can be prevented by early screening and vaccination. However, due to poor access to screening and treatment services, the vast majority of these deaths occur in women from nine Member States of the South-East Asia Region which account for more than one third of the global burden of cervical cancer.