Cervical cancer is the commonest malignancy among women in India and overall second most common form of cancer in the world. Worldwide, particularly in developing countries, cervical cancer remains the major cause of death in women. It is estimated that about 200 women die every day in India due to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which usually has no symptoms in its early stages and when the symptoms start to appear more often it is in advanced stages. Therefore, prevention and early detection can save hundreds of thousands of Indian women. Cervical cancer is the only form of cancer which is completely curable if detected at an early stage.
Scitech Park, Pune is undertaking DNA based diagnostics for early detection of cervical cancer for women in rural areas of Maharashtra by conducting health camps. They are trained to spread awareness among other women which is a crucial way to keep a check on the high mortality of women due to cervical cancer. AyuGen Biosciences Pvt. Ltd. an incubatee company of Scitech Park has been a pioneer in providing DNA based Digene HPV diagnostic test for early detection of cervical cancer.