Cervical cancer prevention: the saga goes on, but so much has changed!

Gerard V Wain
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00658.x
Published online: 6 November 2006

Major changes to the screening environment dictate a review of this successful program

Internationally, cervical cancer prevention programs based on cytological surveillance have been among the most successful public health achievements in modern history. Almost all developed health jurisdictions have tackled the world’s second commonest cancer among women, and implemented successful screening programs. The achievements within each country have been variable, and Australia now has the lowest mortality and second lowest incidence in the developed world1,2 (see Box).

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