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"Understanding Women's Health", Jan 28 1/28/2008 1:05:08 PM

GTS Education Inc. announced that "The Global Learning Series," an education-focused television program distributed to public television, will feature cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) in an episode called "Understanding Women's Health."

The show will be distributed this winter to public television stations and several cable television stations throughout the country and globally on both the web and U.S. Government Voice of America (VOA) Television.

The program will educate viewers with a public service announcement style message about important issues regarding cervical cancer and other diseases caused by HPV.

"We hope to bring greater understanding of cervical cancer and HPV to the global medical and patient community, with a special focus on empowering women to take action regarding their health care," said John McGuire, Senior Producer of Programming for "The Global Learning Series."

The education-focused television program was funded by Merck & Co., Inc.

About "The Global Learning Series"

"The Global Learning Series" is education-focused, issue-oriented and non-commercial programming, independently produced by GTS Education Inc. and distributed directly to public television throughout the United States and globally to VOA Television.

"The Global Learning Series" strictly follows the standards and practices of public television and is distributed freely to public television stations nationwide. "The Global Learning Series" program is not affiliated with PBS.

About Cervical Cancer and HPV Disease

In the United States, approximately 20 million men and women are infected with HPV, and approximately 80 percent of women will have acquired HPV by age 50. For most women, HPV goes away on its own; however in some women, certain high-risk types of HPV, if unrecognized and untreated, can lead to cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide, resulting in nearly a half-million diagnoses and 240,000 deaths each year. It is estimated that in 2007, there were approximately 11,150 new cases of cervical cancer and 3,700 deaths in the United States.

In addition, certain low-risk types of HPV cause genital warts and can lead to abnormal Pap results. Approximately 1 million cases of genital warts occur each year in the United States, and an estimated 32 million cases occur worldwide. Additionally, there are an estimated 4.7 million abnormal Pap results that require follow-up each year in the United States.

At least 3 million of these results are caused by some type of HPV. HPV-related diseases, including screening, follow-up and treatment, cost about $5 billion per year in the United States.

source: thegloballearningseries.tv
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