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BD to Increase Access to Vital Cervical Cancer Screening in Resource-Limited Settings Through Commitment to Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Initiative®
Date:9/13/2011

enerosity and commitment to saving lives is a critical part of ensuring we meet these goals."

"BD shares a common goal with The George W. Bush Institute, UNAIDS and the United States Government to leverage the world's investment and experience in HIV to strengthen the response to non-communicable diseases, beginning with cervical cancer," said Vincent A. Forlenza, President and Chief Operating Officer, BD.  "To help save the lives of millions of women and girls, BD is committed to deploying our advanced technologies and capabilities to enable effective cervical cancer screening worldwide."

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death among young women in developing countries.  It is the most common women's cancer in Africa and is the third most common cancer in women, affecting 529,000 women and killing 275,000 women each year. In some parts of Latin America, cervical cancer diagnosis and death rates rival those seen in Africa. More than 85 percent of the global burden of cervical cancer occurs in developing countries, where it accounts for 13 percent of all female cancers, yet fewer than 5 percent of women have access to screening even once in a lifetime. (SOURCE: PRRR)

BD's cervical cancer diagnostic technologies utilize liquid-based cytology, a method of preparing cervical cells for examination in a laboratory. The centrifuging process in liquid-based cytology allows for clearer, more uniform samples that are easier for laboratory staff to analyze. This also helps reduce the number of unreadable or inconclusive tests, requiring fewer women to return to clinics for repeat testing.

About Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon

Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is an innovative initiative to leverage public and private investments in global health to combat cervical and breast cancer – two of the leading causes of cancer death in women – in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.   Led by the George W. Bush Institute, the Pres
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