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Age trends in pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions of the uterine cervix in a cytology screening programme: what should be the target age group for a major thrust of screening in resource-limited settings?

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Cytopathology : official journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
2
Pages
106–110
Identifiers
PMID: 17681014
Source
Medline
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Abstract

A distinct latent period of more than a decade between the onset of SIL and development of frank cancer provides us with ample opportunity to prevent cervical cancer through screening. Our data validate the WHO recommendation of once in a lifetime screening of women in their fourth decade, for low-resource settings. If resources permit, screening can be extended to include women in the fifth decade. This approach would enable us to pick up maximum SILs within the available resources and prevent their progression to cancer.

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