Cervical cancer prevention and treatment in Latin America

J Surg Oncol. 2017 Apr;115(5):615-618. doi: 10.1002/jso.24544. Epub 2017 Feb 7.


Cervical cancer is a preventable disease with a known etiology (human papillomavirus), effective preventive vaccines, excellent screening methods, and a treatable pre-invasive phase. Surgery is the primary treatment for pre-invasive and early-stage disease and can safely be performed in many low-resource settings. However, cervical cancer rates remain high in many areas of Latin America. This article presents a number of evidence-based strategies being implemented to improve cervical cancer outcomes in Latin America.

Keywords: LMICs; Latin America; cervical cancer; surgical training; telementoring.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Latin America / epidemiology
  • Mass Screening
  • Papillomavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / therapeutic use
  • Primary Prevention
  • Remote Consultation
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / virology


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines