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Ben Moore’s personal view comments on the need for cervical screening
programs in developing nations (1).
Such screening has been available in Britain in one form or another
since 1967, but still cases of advanced cervical cancer are not uncommon,
even within our ‘developed’ health system.
While cervical screening programs are well established in the UK, and
plans for a universal Human Papilloma Virus vaccination programme are
being considered, it must not be forgotten that without awareness and
informed vigilance within primary care, cases of cervical cancer may still
not be diagnosed until curative treatment is no longer a possibility.
1) Moore, B. A practical approach to an old problem. BMJ
2007;335:260. (4 August)