A conference marking the 45th anniversary of the national rural cervical cancer prevention and treatment was held in Jing'an County, Yichun City, in East China's Jiangxi Province, on November 15.
At the conference, participants reviewed the development of the cervical cancer prevention and treatment in rural areas in China, shared the latest research, diagnosis and treatment methods of the cervical cancer both at home and abroad, and talked about cervical cancer prevention and control in the future.
In the 1970s, the cervical cancer mortality rate of Jing'an County was the third highest in China, at 3.13 times the national average.
In 1974, Yang Xuezhi, the first president of Jiangxi Maternal and Child Health Hospital (JMCHH), established China's first rural cervical cancer prevention and treatment base in Jing'an, marking a new dawn in the mass screening and treatment of cervical cancer in rural areas in China.
Over the past 45 years, with the unremitting efforts of several generations of the staff at the JMCHH and the Jing'an Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Research Institute (JCCPTRI), the early stage diagnostic methods suitable for the local conditions were developed, and the traditional Chinese medicine methods were used for prevention and treatment at low cost.
The county also first found the HPV58 subtype in the world and conducted molecular marker studies.
Thanks to these continuous efforts, the mortality rate of cervical cancer in Jing'an dropped from 31.26 in the 1970s to 5.97 per 100,000 patients in 2015. The county set an example for the establishment of the cervical cancer prevention network system in rural areas with its successful practice in preventing and treating the disease.
In 2008, Jing'an was approved as the national demonstration base for early diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer. It also won many national-level awards for the relevant research.
The JMCHH also shared its achievements and experiences of cervical cancer prevention and treatment in China's rural areas at the world anti-cancer conference.
The JMCHH will further the cooperation with the the JCCPTRI in terms of talent training, technical services, scientific research and two-way referrals in the early diagnosis and early treatment stages of cervical cancer, providing effective support for cervical cancer prevention and treatment in rural areas of China and also in the countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)