Experts to discuss strategies on screening cervical cancer
Experts at PGIMER will, as part of a continuing medical education ( CME) programme, discuss strategies for better diagnosis of cervical cancer, the most fatal type of cancer for women in India.
Recognising the impact of cervical cancer on women’s health and the need to prevent it, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research department of obstetrics and gynaecology will organise the CME programme, ‘Cancer of the Cervix: Reducing the Burden’.
The two-day conference will start on Saturday.
During the conference, organised by the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India ( FOGSI), experts would discuss screening strategies for the cancer in a country like India and the role of Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in preventing the disease.
The second half of the CME would be dedicated to “building contraceptive choices”. The rapid increase in population has always been a challenge for India.
The National Health Family Survey carried out in 2007 had revealed that only 55% Indian couples were using contraception.
This high proportion of non- contraceptive users indicates a gap in service delivery. The experts would discuss the methods to expand contraceptive services and the importance of contraceptive counselling with special reference to adolescents.
The other issues that will be taken up are ‘Adolescent Health’ and ‘Menopause’.
A quiz on reproductive endocrinology will also be organised.
Experts say that cancer of the cervix (the opening of the uterus into the vagina) ranks number one among the type of cancers afflicting Indian women.
They also say it is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in both rural and urban areas.
Every year, nearly 1.34 lakh women in India are diagnosed with cancer of the cervix and 72,000 die from this deadly disease.
This amounts to approximately 200 women dying every day from cancer of the cervix. Globally, one out of every 4 women who die due to cancer of the cervix is an Indian.