2018, Number 6
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Text ExtractionIt was not difficult to decide in 1984 that studying cervical cancer epidemiology should be a key priority when I began my research work at the Sao Paulo Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. At the time, Recife (the capital of the state of Pernambuco, in the Northeastern region of Brazil) had the sad distinction of boasting an incidence rate of over 100 new cases of invasive cervical cancer per 100 000 women per year. In 1982, the Brazilian Ministry of Health published a very large tumor pathology compilation that assessed relative frequencies of cases for all cancers sites.
Franco E, Villa L, Rohan T, Ferenczy A, Petzl-Erler M, Matlashewski G. Design and methods of the Ludwig-McGill longitudinal study of the natural history of human papillomavirus infection and cervical neoplasia in Brazil. Ludwig-McGill Study Group. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 1999;6(4):223-33. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891999000900001