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Indian Breakthrough in Female Cancer Treatment

Radio Australia News
02 April 2009

Cervical cancer vaccination for a young woman in Australia
Cervical cancer vaccination for a young woman in Australia
Researchers in India say they have developed a new, much more effective test for the virus that causes cervical cancer.

The new screening method is said to have increased early detection, and resulted in a halving of the death rate from tumours.

The results have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The company behind the new human papilloma virus test plans to donate a million detection kits over the next five years to encourage their use in developing countries.

Scientists say it could eventually replace Pap smears as the primary method for cancer screening. The researchers, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, studied more than 130,000 women in rural India for eight years.

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