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Women in Cervical Cancer Trials Have Died for the Sake of Research Methodology

February 7, 2017

(Scroll.in) – The problem was that these trials contained a “no screening” control arm where about 141,000 women were deliberately not offered any test for cervical cancer in order to compare the differences in outcomes between screened and unscreened women – that is, how many in each group would fall ill and die from cervical cancer. A total of 548 women enrolled in the trial eventually died of cervical cancer, of which 254 were from the group that had not been screened. These 254 women were not given the option of having their cancers detected early and treated.

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