Cervical cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Ethiopia, a microbiologist from Mekele University said.

Tewolde Tesfaye, Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology, said the deaths among the women were due to high prevalence of high risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV).

The virus contributes for almost 95 percent of cervical cancer, and 90 percent of the death caused by cervical cancer occurs in least and middle income countries, he said.

Cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer among the entire female population with high annual morbidity (7,095) and mortality (4,732) rates. (DAily Monitor)