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Women urged to get pap smear test to fight cancer

TAIPEI--Around 1,700 women in Taiwan are afflicted with cervical cancer every year and people should get screening to allow for early detection and treatment, Taiwan's Health Promotion Administration said Saturday.

The administration said that for every 71 women screened, one is diagnosed with precancerous lesion or cervical cancer.

It noted that around 1,700 women suffer from cervical cancer every year in Taiwan and nearly 700 die from the disease.

The pap smear test is known to be able to detect precancerous lesion or cervical cancer early, and reduce mortality rates by between 60 percent and 90 percent.

Past surveys conducted by the administration showed that 42.5 percent of the women surveyed say they have not gotten a pap smear test in the past three years because they feel they are healthy and there is no need to do the test. About 20 percent say they are too busy to do the test, and 14.4 percent say they are too shy to get the test.

The administration noted that there are still 1.65 million women aged 36-69 who have not been tested in six years.

Among them, the ratio of those afflicted with precancerous lesion or cervical cancer is three times that of women who have gotten a pap smear test within the past three years.

The administration reminded women to get a pap smear test every three years.

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