Why One Indian Woman Dies of Cervical Cancer Every 7 mins

1 July, 2024

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Cervical cancer is fully preventable and treatable yet it has poor outcomes in India. “Most of our patients come in the third and fourth stage and die within six months to a year of diagnosis,” said Professor Parekh. In 2023, 123,000 Indian women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and almost 80,000 of them died...

“There is a lot of stigma around cervical cancer screening in India. Even educated women are hesitant about a vaginal exam,” said Parekh of GCRI. She recalled that at a recent cancer camp organised by the Gujarat government, there were about five women who had come for the screening but when they realised that there would be a vaginal examination, three left the centre.


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