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Expert Addresses Global Cervical Cancer Disparity

Angelica Welch
Published: Friday, Sep 07, 2018

Ophira M. Ginsburg, MD

Ophira Ginsburg, MD
Of the more than 250,000 women who died of cervical cancer across the globe in 2017, 90% of them lived in low- or middle-income countries, according to Ophira Ginsburg, MD. She added that the tools to address this disparity in cancer care exist, but more work needs to be done to eliminate this preventable malignancy.

, Ginsburg, director of the High Risk/Cancer Genetics Program at NYU Langone's Perlmutter Cancer Center, discussed cervical cancer prevention, screening, and elimination on a global scale.

OncLive: What is the current state of cervical cancer prevention, globally?

Ginsburg: Cervical cancer has been largely addressed in many high-income countries that have had upwards of 40 years of experience of population-based screening programs with cytology, Pap tests, and appropriate access to treatment for precancer. In low- and middle-income countries—what some call developing countries—we are still seeing a tremendous number of women dying unnecessarily of this very preventable disease. Over 250,000 women died last year of cervical cancer, and 9 in 10 of those women were living in a low- or middle-income country. It is the epitome of cancer disparity. 
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