FACTS AND FIGURES

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  1. There are 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV).
  2. In 2004 nearly two million women were screened through the Australian National Cervical Screening program and 14,503 were confirmed to have high-grade abnormalities, the highest rate was in the 25 – 29 age group.*
  3. The incidence of cervical cancer has almost halved since 1991 when 1,091 cases of cervical disease were reported and 2002 when 689 cases were reported.*
  4. The death rate from cervical disease has dropped from 329 in 1991 to 227 in 2002.* It is still far too high.
  5. In Australia, most women who discover they have abnormal cervical cells from having a Pap smear will not get cervical disease.
  6. In developing countries cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of disease death in women.**
  7. An estimated 95% of women in developing countries have never been screened for cervical disease.**
  8. Over 80% of women newly diagnosed with cervical cancer live in developing countries; most are diagnosed when they have advanced disease.**
  9. If left untreated (in developing countries) cervical disease is almost always fatal.**

Reference:

* Cervcial screening in Australia 2003 – 2004 (August 2006) Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2006. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10359

 **Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control, A guide to essential practice. World Health Organisation
http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/cervical_cancer_gep/text.pdf

 

Wayne Lindsay is the founder of Medical Systems International Pty Ltd. Wayne knows how a death from cancer affects a family unit. His father passed away when he was eight years old. Wayne's daughter, Skye was diagnosed with cancer at the age of nineteen. Wayne has ten women in his direct family. Wayne has worked and lived in New Zealand (6 years), Australia (12 years), PNG (6 years) and United States of America (12 years). Wayne is qualified with Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix and National Diploma in Engineering and Survey from Auckland New Zealand. I have three children and six grandchildren. My interests include squash, rugby, tennis, the great outdoors, and contuining education.