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5,000 cervical cancer cases detected

Update: November, 03/2015 - 09:08
A woman receives vaccince against cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Viet Nam, with more than 5,000 new cases reported nationwide every year. — Photo tuoitre.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Viet Nam, with more than 5,000 new cases reported nationwide every year.

More than 100 types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) exist, of which 14 have a high risk of causing cancer, according to Le Van Hien, general secretary of the HCM City Obstetrics-Gynecology Association.

HPV16 and HPV18 genotypes are the causes of at least 70 per cent of cervical cancer cases, Hien said at a workshop held last Saturday in HCM City.

More than 500 women attended the workshop, organised by the Viet Nam Woman's Union and Medical Diagnosis Centre. It aimed to raise awareness about cervical cancer and the importance of HPV testing for screening. — VNS

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