Most cases of cervical cancer can be prevented by effectively treating precancerous lesions detected by cervical screening.
In this Special Issue, we want to highlight the role of early diagnosis and screening programs for cervical cancer that affects an increasing number of patients. The lack or avoidance of screening programs contributes to the late diagnosis of this condition, sometimes in advanced stages, which significantly increases the risk of early recurrence and leads to an unfavorable prognosis. Another scenario, more common in young patients, is secondary to aggressive phenotypic forms of cervical cancer, which leads to detection in advanced stages of this cancer despite efforts to implement and comply with screening programs. Identifying risk factors for cervical cancer, and sexual practices that accelerate the process of carcinogenesis such as HPV infection with high-risk oncogenic strains may help select those groups of patients with a worse prognosis.
In this Special Issue, we hope to provide new information on early diagnosis and the implementation of screening programs for cervical cancer which will contribute to improved outcomes for these patients.
Roxana Elena Bohîlțea and Valentin Varlas
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