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Are screening methods for cervical cancer sufficiently effective?

• The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has compiled a review of all the literature written on existing screening and follow-up techniques and methods for the detection of cervical cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women of reproductive age.

• This handbook evaluates the effectiveness of different screening tests in reducing incidence and mortality rates of this cancer, and aims to contribute to the WHO’s goal of eliminating cervical cancer by 2030.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women at reproductive age and the second most common cause of cancer death in this population group.

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