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QIAGEN and Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute Partner to Establish First Large-Scale Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Kolkata
Date:4/20/2009

rvical cancer the leading cause of cancer related deaths in India and represents approximately 1/4 of the world's total cervical cancer cases and mortality. The WHO estimates that only about 5 percent of women in the developing world have been screened for cervical disease in the previous five years, compared to 40-50 percent in the developed world.

"This project is a great demonstration of how our advanced screening solutions can bring state of the art healthcare to women in all regions of the globe. Kolkata, India is a particularly fitting location to launch this project as India has the world's highest incidence rate of cervical cancer. We believe that launching this project can play a role in helping to change those statistics," said Mr. Peer Schatz, CEO of QIAGEN. "Through the QIAGENcares Kolkata collaboration we will increase awareness about cervical cancer prevention and make screening more accessible, two vital ingredients in the effort to reduce cervical cancer rates. Also, we are looking forward to demonstrating the combination of cost effectiveness and enormous value for healthcare that QIAGEN's state of the art cervical cancer screening solutions can bring to a setting such as the one in Kolkata." The Kolkata screening project is a part of QIAGENcares, the company's corporate social responsibility program focused on improving health by providing access to screening methods for infectious diseases in emerging and developing countries.

"We are pleased to work with QIAGEN on this cervical cancer screening project. We here at the CNCI see first-hand how serious a threat cervical cancer is to the health of women locally and to Indian society as a whole. We hope this collaboration will help raise awareness of the issue and set an example for other screening projects in the future," said Dr. Jaydip Biswas, Director, CNCI.

The cervical cancer screening program will be officially launched at the
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