Cervical cancer in India: challenges and opportunities

With age-standardized incidence and mortality rates of 22 and 12.4 per 100,000 women per year, cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in India. Twenty-fi ve percent of all global deaths due to cervical cancer occur in India. The reason for this diff erence is lack of eff ective screening and access to timely treatment.

The overall 5-year relative survival of 46% for all cervical cancers in India is strongly determined by the stage at diagnosis, with survival as low as 7·4% for advanced stage disease compared with 73·2% for localised cancer.

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