Women’s Cancers in Developing Countries: From Research to an Integrated Health Systems Approach


The article focuses on two women’s cancers, breast and cervical cancer, that are much more deadly indeveloping countries than in developed countries. Early detection can make a significant difference for thetreatment outcome of these two cancers and there are now cost-effective tools for prevention and screening. Theauthors propose a new public health approach to these two cancers in developing countries where resources foreffective cancer control are very limited and offer a framework for putting women’s cancers in developingcountries on the global public health agenda. The key areas are: 1. Proposals for a new, integrated public healthapproach to women’s cancers (breast and cervical) in resource poor settings; 2. Reviews of the evidence forcost-effective screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer, and discussion of some of the lessonslearned from HIV/AIDS on an integrated health systems approach; 3. Outlines of ways to make a priority ofwomen’s cancers in developing countries on the political agenda of international agencies.