The revised FIGO staging of cervical cancer (2018) – Implications for the LMICs
AbstractThe International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) was the first organisation to develop a staging system. Thus cervical cancer was the first cancer to be staged in 1958, after the culmination of a series of efforts initiated since 1928, and staging of other organs followed.1 A staging classification is designed to reflect the survival differences that ensue as the cancer progresses and spreads. This helps to assess prognosis, plan optimum management strategies, and compare data between centres, as well as within centres over a period of time. It is therefore important that it should be based on universally applicable knowledge, skills and resources. As advances occur and data accrue, the classification is revised periodically to reflect current knowledge and understanding.
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