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The core function of the screening group is to provide data on the accuracy, reproducibility, efficacy, benefits, harmful effects and cost-effectiveness of different screening interventions for cervical, oral and breast cancers, in reducing deaths and in improving quality of life in different settings, leading to rational utilization of health care resources in designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of screening programmes. The ultimate objective is to guide the development of public health policies in implementing screening in a range of health care settings, particularly in low-resourced countries.
To achieve this objective, the screening group conducts several studies world-wide in collaboration with national investigators and institutions. The study designs include randomised controlled screening trials, cross-sectional studies, descriptive studies, and demonstration projects. In the context of studies, training courses and training centres have been organized. Several printed and digital manuals have been produced to support the training initiatives.
Examples of major studies are given below:
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