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EMERGENCY: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

16/03/2020
Regular updates on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak are available at the WHO website.

New publication: The Quebec mixed-schedule HPV vaccination policy will maximize public health gain

18/05/2020
In this commentary published in HPVWORLD, Dr Partha Basu discusses the Quebec's Mixed HPV vaccination schedule introduction.
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New publication: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Efficacy of a Community Health Worker-Driven Approach to Screen Hard-to-Reach Periurban Women Using Self-Sampled HPV Detection Test in India

29/04/2020
This article published in JCO Global Oncology reports the evaluation of the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of implementing an HPV self-sampling–based approach to screen a socioeconomically disadvantaged, unscreened population with support from community health workers (CHWs). Authors concluded CHW-driven self-sampling for HPV testing is feasible, well-accepted, and effective for screening unscreened hard-to-reach women. The screen-and-treat approach can ensure linkage between screening and treatment. View the article.

New publication: Diagnostic performance of automated breast ultrasound and handheld ultrasound in women with dense breasts

28/04/2020
Authors reported the outcomes of this cross-sectional multicentre clinical research study organized in China. They evaluated the diagnostic performance of automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS) and handheld ultrasound (HHUS) in Chinese women with dense breasts, both in combination with mammography and separately. In this study, both ABUS and HHUS as adjuncts to mammography significantly improved the breast cancer detection rate in women with dense breasts. Given the high prevalence of dense breasts and the multiple advantages of ABUS over HHUS, such as less operator dependence and reproducibility, ABUS showed great potential for use in breast cancer early detection, especially in resource-limited areas. View the article.

IFCPC-IARC training course in colposcopy and the prevention of cervical cancer - theory and image case only

20/04/2020
Registration is now open for trainees wishing to attend the online edition of the IFCPC-IARC Training Course in Colposcopy and the Prevention of Cervical Cancer. Visit the IFCPC website for more details and registration form. This is an exciting new opportunity for medical personnel wishing to train in colposcopy and prevention of cervical cancer with 30 lectures by world renowned experts in the field. The course provides comprehensive, multimodal training incorporating theoretical knowledge and image recognition. Course commences from 20th April 2020. See also the online training course brochure.

New publication: Thyroid cancer incidence in India between 2006 and 2014 and impact of overdiagnosis

16/04/2020
This study aimed to estimate time trends of TC incidence in India and the proportion of TC cases potentially attributable to overdiagnosis. Relatively high and increasing TC ASRs emerged in Indian regions where better access to healthcare was reported. In India, as elsewhere, new strategies are needed to discourage opportunistic screening practice, particularly in young women, and to avoid unnecessary and expensive treatments. Present results may serve as a warning also for other transitioning countries. View the article.

IFCPC-IARC Training course in Colposcopy and the prevention of Cervical Cancer

14/04/2020
Registration is now open for trainees wishing to attend the 2020 edition of the IFCPC-IARC Training Course in Colposcopy and the Prevention of Cervical Cancer. Visit the IFCPC website for more details and registration form. This is an exciting new opportunity for medical personnel wishing to train in colposcopy and prevention of cervical cancer with lectures by world renowned experts in the field. The course provides comprehensive, multimodal training incorporating theoretical knowledge, image recognition and hands-on clinical skills followed by an exit examination and a certificate of course completion for successful trainees. Course commences on 1st May 2020. See also the training course brochure.

New publication: COVID-19 pandemic: effects and evidence-based recommendations for otolaryngology and head and neck surgery practice

11/04/2020
This review summarizes some of the more readily available clinical protocols for head and neck specialists caring for patients in an environment of a SARS CoV-2 mediated COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations are based largely on relatively small series, often from single centers, and national position statements.
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New publication: Knowledge transfer as a tool towards improvement of cancer care in low- and middle-income countries. 6th European Roundtable Meeting (ERTM), June 14th, 2019, Berlin, Germany

10/04/2020
This article published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology provides a summary of the discussions of the 6th European Roundtable Meeting to address the Quality of Cancer Care, “Improvement of cancer care in low to middle income countries by transfer of knowledge” organized in June 2019 by the German Cancer Society (DKG) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).
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New publication: Cancer Prevention in Low-Resource Countries: An Overview of the Opportunity

02/04/2020
This article provides an overview of opportunities to address cancer control in LMICs, with a focus on tobacco control, vaccination for cervical cancer, novel tools to assist with early detection, and screening for breast and other cancers.
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