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Global Health
December 18, 2013

Low Survival Rates in Kenyan Women With Cervical Cancer

JAMA. 2013;310(23):2497. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284382

Kenyan women being treated for cervical cancer have low survival rates across all stages of the disease due to lack of screening and cervical cancer awareness and other factors, according to a study carried out by researchers from the United Kingdom, Kenya, and Egypt (Maranga IO et al. PLoS ONE. 2013;8[10]:e78411).

In a prospective cohort study, 355 Kenyan women were diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer between March 2008 and February 2010. Only 126 of the patients had ever heard of a cervical screening, only 54 had ever had a cervical smear, and only 9 women had received their results. During the 2-year period after their diagnosis, 146 patients were lost to follow-up.