The Global Academy for Women’s Health to Publish Second Edition of Cervical Cancer Book
by Aliyah DeVille and Robin Ferrier
Every two minutes, one woman worldwide gets cervical cancer, and every three minutes, one woman dies from it.
“It is too much,” said Dr. Nenad Markovic, Founder and President of BioSciCon, which is located on the JHU Montgomery County Campus.
Cervical cancer prevention is an issue that is near and dear to Dr. Markovic and his wife, Dr. Olivera Markovic, co-founder of BioSciCon. The issue is so important to the research team that in 2008 they published their first book on the topic, “What Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer.” And now, the book’s publisher, Springer, has asked the Markovics to update their book with a second edition.
The book, which the Markovics published through their non-profit, The Global Academy for Women’s Health, will confirm the positions stated in the first book and will introduce new information from the cervical cancer research community. It also will include the Markovics' thoughts on what is coming in the next 5-10 years within this field of research.
For the Markovics, one of the best calls to action lies in the statistics. There are several billion people on the planet, Dr. Nenad explained. There are 2.5 billion women who are at risk of developing cervical cancer. There are 600,000 new cases diagnosed each year. And 300,000 women worldwide die from cervical cancer each year.
The key to changing these figures, he said, is in providing education to the public about the importance of testing and easy access to testing tools, such as the Pap test, which is “the best in early detection for cervical cancer.”
Research shows that once 50% of a country’s female population is being tested on a regular basis, the death rates from cervical cancer begin to decline, he added.
The Global Academy focuses on the education component – hoping to help developing nations reach that 50% threshold – through a variety of projects, including this book. And Dr. Nenad said that he hopes the worldwide publication of the second edition will be another step toward reaching that goal.
He also hopes that the personal stories in the book from women who have survived cervical cancer diagnoses will hit home.
“The message these women share, which is really the most important message in the book, is that at the end of the story, you have to decide about your own health,” he said. “Women have to help themselves,” he added. “This is a message that goes well beyond just cervical cancer. You need to be cautious about what you read. You need to look at the interests – sometimes financial – beyond the news. And most importantly, you need to ask questions.”
The new edition is expected to be published in 2013.