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Panel issues advice on early detection of oral, breast, and cervical cancers in India

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3807 (Published 13 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3807
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Cancer experts in India have collaborated with colleagues in the United States to develop recommendations for the screening and early detection of oral, breast, and cervical cancers—the three most common cancers in India.

The Institute for Cytology and Preventive Oncology in Uttar Pradesh and the US National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health in Maryland convened an expert panel including clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and public health professionals and published their evidence based recommendations in the Lancet Oncology.1

For cervical cancer, the panel said that testing for DNA from human papilloma virus (HPV) was the most sensitive and reproducible primary screening method, even in a …

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