The core function of the Screening Group (SCR) at IARC is to provide data on the accuracy, reproducibility, efficacy, benefits, harmful effects, and cost-effectiveness of various early detection interventions for breast, cervical, colorectal, and oral cancers, among others, in reducing deaths and improving patients’ quality of life in various settings. These data can then be used to inform and improve the rational use of health-care resources. The Group’s ultimate objective is to guide the development of public health policies for implementing screening in a variety of health-care settings, in particular in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

SCR conducts field studies in LMICs to evaluate various early detection methods for breast, cervical, colorectal, and oral cancer control. These initiatives also address the means by which screening services could be scaled up through local public health services. SCR develops various training resources to catalyse and augment capacity building in close collaboration with national institutions and government health services. Through its research programme, SCR generates scientific evidence to support the development of resource-appropriate early detection policies and health systems for the delivery of effective early services. For example, the Group significantly contributed to the evaluation of the safety and efficacy of less than three doses of the HPV vaccine in protecting against cervical cancer.

Visitors and news

Training course for master trainers in cervical cancer prevention, early detection, and management, Thimphu, Bhutan

01/05/2017 – 04/05/2017
This training course, with participants from Bhutan, was organized in collaboration with the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) to provide technical support for the cervical cancer screening programme.

Training course for service providers on thermocoagulation and the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), Ordos, China

24/04/2017 – 27/04/2017
The Screening Group organized this training course in collaboration with the Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CICAMS), Beijing, China, and Inner Mongolia Provincial Health Services.

Training course for master trainers in cervical cancer prevention, early detection, and management, Barshi, India

20/03/2017 – 24/03/2017
This training course, with participants from Bangladesh and India, was organized in collaboration with the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; the Tata Memorial Centre Rural Cancer Project, Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Hospital (NDMCH), Barshi, Maharashtra, India; and the WHO Country Office in Bangladesh.

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Scientific papers

Denny L., de Sanjose S., Mutebi M., Anderson B.O., Kim J., Jeronimo J., Herrero R., Yeates K., Ginsburg O., Sankaranarayanan R. Interventions to close the divide for women with breast and cervical cancer between low-income and middle-income countries and high-income countries. Lancet. 2017;389(10071):861-870.
PMID: 27814963
Gadgil A., Sauvaget C., Roy N., Muwonge R., Kantharia S., Chakrabarty A., Bantwal K., Haldar I., Sankaranarayanan R. Cancer early detection program based on awareness and clinical breast examination: Interim results from an urban community in Mumbai, India. Breast. 2017;31:85-9.
PMID: 27829200
Ghosh I., Muwonge R., Mittal S., Banerjee D., Kundu P., Mandal R., Biswas J., Basu P. Association between high risk human papillomavirus infection and co-infection with Candida spp. And Trichomonas vaginalis in women with cervical premalignant and malignant lesions. J Clin Virol. 2017;87:43-8.
PMID: 27992790

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