EMERGENCY: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic16/03/2020
Regular updates on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak are available at the WHO website.
New publication: Efficacy of Point-of-care Thermal Ablation Among High-risk Human Papillomavirus Positive Women in China09/09/2020
In this study, the authors evaluated the efficacy of thermal ablation in treatment of CIN detected through high-risk HPV screening in China. They found that thermal ablation is effective to treat CIN as well as to clear the high-risk HPV infection. HPV test could be a suitable surveillance test for women following treatment. This point-of-care ablative technique improves the access to treatment of cervical premalignant lesions in LMICs.
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New academic initiative of Indian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (ICOG)08/09/2020
Dr Partha Basu, head of the screening group, supports the new academic initiative of Indian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (ICOG) and will participate to the inauguration of the Journal club on 9th September 2020 at 5pm Indian time.
New fellowships: Lara Rodrigues Da Matta Calegari01/09/2020 – 30/09/2020
Ms Lara Rodrigues Da Matta Calegari from the Faculdade Evangélica Mackenzie do Paraná, Brazil, has joined the Screening Group at IARC as an intern. Lara will participate in research activities on health inequalities research related to cancer screening programmes, evaluating data on measurable indicators of inequalities in access to screening in low and middle income countries.
New commentary: The Quebec mixed-schedule HPV vaccination policy will maximize public health gain01/09/2020
In this commentary published in HPVWORLD, Dr Partha Basu discusses the Quebec's Mixed HPV vaccination schedule introduction: The revised vaccination schedule has allowed the Quebec Government to save $ 3 million a year that they have utilized to extend the vaccination to the boys in Grade 4 of primary school. View the commentary.
Doctoral Fellowships: Thea Beate Brevik28/08/2020 – 30/07/2021
Ms Thea Beate Brevik from Molde University College, Norway, has joined the Screening Group at IARC as a postdoctoral fellow. Thea will participate in research activities on the health inequalities research related to cancer screening programmes, evaluating data on measurable indicators of education and cancer screening participation, as well as inequalities in access to screening (barriers).
New publication: Reproducibility of a rapid human papillomavirus test at different levels of the healthcare system in Tanzania: the AISHA study27/08/2020
Authors of this publication assessed the intra-laboratory and inter-observer reproducibility of a rapid test for detection of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types at three different levels of the health-care system in one urban region and one rural region in the United Republic of Tanzania. The results of their assessment have been published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. View the article and the IARC News.
Video: WHO Academy 90-second pitches session27/08/2020
The proposal led by the IARC Screening Group "Comprehensive Learning Programme on Screening, Diagnosis and Management of Cervical Precancer" was selected among the twenty first course proposals submitted from WHO-wide colleagues to be developed and become part of the WHO Academy's initial course offerings in 2021-2022. View the 90-second pitches of their course ideas in rapid succession.
Video: World Health Assembly Adopts Resolution Accelerating the Elimination of Cervical Cancer11/08/2020
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela present the global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem.
New editorial: Healthcare Systems Need to be Organized to Fight two Pandemics Simultaneously06/08/2020
In this editorial, Dr Basu stresses that COVID-19 pandemic should not be allowed to overshadow the cancer control activities. The COVID-19 response strategies for the country should incorporate measures to bring back to normal the temporarily derailed NCD control measures and continue planning for the future. Else, the world will face a twin tragedy of large number of premature deaths occurring both from communicable and non-communicable diseases. View the article.