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Students travel to Peru to screen needy women for cervical cancer

Six University of Rhode Island graduate students studying cytopathology spent 10 days in Peru last month as part of a course that examines the challenges of conducting cervical cancer screenings in developing nations.

The students, along with Professor Barbara Klitz, worked with local health care provider CerviCusco to screen Pap smears collected from women in rural communities in the Andes Mountains.

“In the U.S.A., because of the Pap smear, women rarely die from cervical cancer,” said Klitz. “But in Peru, it is still the number one killer of women.”

While in Peru, the students, fresh from passing their board of...


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