Cer­vi­cal-cancer screen­ing pro­gram to start

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

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