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'Cervical Cancer is the most Common form of Cancer in Indian Women'

Indian Express
15 March 2009
Ludhiana, India

Cervical cancer takes more lives than any other type of cancer among Indian women. Every seven minutes a woman dies of this form of genital cancer in the country.

“This should send alarm bells ringing across the country. One of the main reasons why cervical cancer is so prevalent in India, as compared to the West where breast cancer is most common, is because women do not come forward for screening tests in time,” said Dr Sumita Mehta, consultant in University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi.

She was one of the guest speakers at the workshop on ‘Colposcopy for Early Detection of Cervical Cancer’ at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital on Saturday. The workshop was organised by the Indian Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, DMCH.

Dr Mehta told Newsline that a major chunk of women suffering from cervical cancer are from rural areas and lack awareness about the importance of timely check-ups. “They reach the hospital at a later stage, when the cancer has become untreatable.”

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