Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Cervical Cancer Screening in Developing Countries

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Cervical Cancer Screening in Developing Countries

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3. Cervical cancer screening in developing countries Published by the World Health Organization, Geneva 2004. Paperback 75 pp. Price $20.70 ISBN 92-4-154572-0

This book was originally published by the World Health Organization in 2002 following a meeting of world experts in the field in Geneva in March 2001. It is well presented with clear objectives. The current evidence base for cytology screening, visual inspection with acetic acid application (VIA) and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing is summarised concisely. Ongoing research is also alluded to, particularly with regard to VIA and HPV testing in developing countries. At first glance there is a concern that HPV testing is perhaps over-represented with 22 pages on this topic compared with 14 on VIA and 12 on cytology screening. This is compounded by the fact that currently there is a commercial monopoly on the reagents for HPV testing. The section on HPV, however, is well balanced and unbiased. The text refers to 'middle-income countries' and 'low-income countries', but does not provide a clear definition for these terms for a humble clinician.

One of the key objectives of this publication is 'to develop a status report on VIA and HPV screening with respect to their efficacy and effectiveness in different resource settings highlighting research issues to be addressed in order to develop evidence-based guidelines for decision makers and health policy development. …

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