Ex­perts to dis­cuss strate­gies on screen­ing cer­vi­cal can­cer

HT Ludhiana Live - - In&around - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com CHANDIGARH:

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.

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