194 countries work together to beat cervical cancer

This is a unique situation, November 17, 2020, 194 countries adopted a resolution at the World Health Assembly to jointly commit to ending cervical cancer.

This cancer caused by a virus, the human papillomavirus (HPV), is the 4th most common cancer in women.

According to the WHO, if no action is taken now, the number of cases per year will increase from 570,000 to 700,000 between 2018 and 2030 and the number of deaths per year from 311,000 to 400,000.

A strategy in 3 steps and 3 objectives

The strategy is based on 3 major stages: vaccination, screening, treatment.

In France, vaccination is recommended for young girls from the age of 11 and a screening test is available to women aged 25 to 65. Between 25 and 29 years, two tests are recommended at one year intervals then at 3 years if they are normal. From 30 to 65 years old, a test must be carried out every 5 years. To start from 30 years old if there has never been a screening before or with a delay of 3 years from the last test.

Cervical cancer is not an incurable disease, it can be prevented especially if it is detected early and treated with adequate means. What Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, “eliminating cancer would previously have seemed an impossible dream, but today we have effective and inexpensive tools backed by evidence, (…)

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