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Professor Santiago Dexeus

The incidence of the cervical cancer, in the sixties was around 40 per 100.000 women per year, being now 7 per 100.000 new cases year, in Spain. Fortunately, this previous depressing scenario has change in the developed countries, but still there is much to do in the so called developing countries. It is not my aim to focus in the very important aspects of screening, vaccination or anything which could be useful for detecting cervical cancer in preinvasive stages.

Unfortunately, nearly the 50 % of the advanced cervical cancer will die and each of these women will have a personal tragedy which very often is totally ignored. Let me transcribe, the letter from a patient who died of cancer: “Once upon a time was a young women did not know how to die or may be she did not want to die. But the death was calling her constantly. She was tired, very tired, and reach the conclusion than death will not be so painful. It was not necessary as much suffering, as much no life. I can stand to see life as cycles of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or more and more injections, any sort of explorations, distant doctors. I need more time to die. I don´t want more needles going through my body giving me false hopes…it is so difficult to be in departure point, with the best smiling, but broken inside….” This patient commit suicide a month later.

Cervical cancer as any cancer needs much more than science and technology, Needs a human being giving support and love to another human being.