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WHO launches strategy to accelerate elimination of cervical cancer

19th November, 2020 Health
  • WHO want countries to aim for 90% of girls under 15 vaccinated, 70% of eligible women identified and treated, 90% of women with invasive cancer treated.
  • Vaccinating nine in 10 girls under 15 against cervical cancer, and improved screening and treatment of women could reduce infections by 40% and save 5 million lives by 2050.
  • Cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer among women globally, is a preventable disease but strikes at least 5,70,000 each year and kills 3,11,000.
  • Almost all cases are linked to infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) types transmitted by sexual contact.
  • Infection rates are twice as high in developing countries and death rates three times higher than in high-income countries.