Cervical-cancer screening program to start
China will launch a national cervical-cancer screening program this year to test 10 million Chinese women annually.
The program was announced as more young Chinese women are contracting cervical cancer, with nearly a third of new cases now in women 35 and younger, said Lang Jinghe, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a gynecologist at Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing.
China is estimated to have 130,000 new cervical-cancer cases each year, accounting for 28 percent of the world’s total. The disease kills up to 30,000 in China annually, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Cervical cancer starts with a human papillomavirus infection via sex and usually takes 10 years to progress to invasive cancer, medical experts said.