Capacity Assessment and Recommendations for a National Cervical Cancer Screening Program in the Republic of Moldova

No. of pages: 64

Publication date: February 2014

Author: UNFPA

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Globally, cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cancer among women with more than 530,000 new cases and 275 000 deaths every year.8 Most cases occur in low and middle-income countries where there are no cervical cancer prevention programs. In Europe, about 60,000 women develop and 30,000 women die from cervical cancer every year. Eastern Europe and the Caucasus have substantially higher rates of cervical cancer than Western Europe and this is primarily due to the extensive opportunistic screening or nationally organised screening programs that are available in Western Europe.9 Cervical cancer affects younger women than other adult onset cancers with the majority of cases occurring between 35-60 years of age.