High cervical cancer rates among Melanesian women

Australian and Fijian researchers assessed incidence and mortality due to cervical cancer in Fiji from 2004–07, finding death rates were significantly higher among Melanesian Fijian women compared to Indo-Fijian women (32.2 per 100,000 vs 19.8 per 100,000).

Of 330 cervical cancer cases diagnosed between 2004–06, 56% had died by the end of 2006.

The authors noted human resource limitations and lack of a reminder and recall system was limiting the preventive benefits of the screening program. They suggested targeting older women, the group