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Cervical cancer deaths increase by 40 percent

Published 20/01/2008

The number of women dying from cervical cancer in Ireland has increased by more than 40 per cent over the past 30 years.

Over 180 women are diagnosed with the disease here every year and it kills an average of 73 women annually, despite the fact that it's preventable.

A vaccine is available for cervical cancer but less than a third of Irish women know it exists.

Dr Tracy Murray from the Irish Family Planning Association has said the disease is a major problem and women need to educate themselves about its consequences.

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