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Home > Arhiva > 2012 > Numar: 4 > A Current Approach to Women’s Sexual Health: The Problems of Cervical Cancer in Romania

 A Current Approach to Women’s Sexual Health: The Problems of Cervical Cancer in Romania

  • Cristina Geană (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, 9 Schitu Magureanu Street, District 1, Bucharest, Romania, E-mail:

The relevance of a study on cervical cancer derives mainly from the fact that it allows not only a strictly medical approach, but also a social one, which includes the population’s attitudes, behaviors, mentality, and religion and, at the same time, the interests of decision factors. Using this social approach as a starting point, its imaging can be observed in a particular cultural and geographical context. Furthermore, if we are referring to the Romanian context, the problems of cervical cancer can be generally reduced to the following statistics: in Romania, there are 3,402 new cervical cancer cases every year; on a yearly basis, there are 40,000 patients diagnosed with cervical cancer, and each year 2,005 women in our country die because of this condition. Compared to the statistics available in other European countries, because of these high percentages, we are currently leading the mortality rates and the number of cervical cancer cases. Consequently, the emphasis on the etiology of cervical cancer, the prognosis announced by the WHO with regard to our country, the identification of particular categories of Romanian women that are vulnerable to this disease, as well as the consideration of family planning services and the civil society as real change factors represent working ideas in the context of a complex and real problem such as cervical cancer.

Keywords: cervical cancer, The Babeş Pap Test, family planning services, STDs, sexual health, counseling, social problem, civil society