February 4, 2013 at 4:06 AM by AHN
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (IRIN) – A large-scale survey of cervical cancer will be launched later this month in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where more than 1,500 women die of the disease each year.
|Young PNG women...prone to cervical cancer|
Cervical cancer is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), with the two most common types (HPV16 and HPV18) resulting in 75 percent of all cancers.
While effective vaccines are available against both, authorities do not know how much or what type of HPV they are dealing with.
According to the World Health Organization, cervical cancer is the most common cancer among women aged 15-44 in PNG.
There is no data on the HPV burden in PNG’s general population, but worldwide an estimated 11.4 percent of women harbour cervical HPV.
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