Washington, February 1, CMC – The United States Health Organization (PAHO) says that more than 56,000 women in Latin America and the Caribbean are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 28,000 die every year.
PAHO said it was trying to speed up prevention and control efforts to create a future without cervical cancer, the third most common cancer among women in Latin America and the Caribbean, but what can be prevented.
"It is unacceptable that women die today from a disease that can be largely prevented," said Silvana Luciani, Head of the Department of Non-Infectious Diseases at PAHO, before the World Cancer Day on February 4th.
It said that a large number of cancer patients in Latin America and the Caribbean are increasing to 72,000 diagnoses and 34,000 deaths in the US and Canada. However, there are means of rescue and treatment.
Cervical cancer can be prevented by vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccines that protect against common types of HPV that cause cancer have been available for more than ten years. PAHO recommends that this vaccine be given to girls aged 9 to 14 years.
In addition to vaccination, testing and treatment of pre-cancer damage can prevent new cases and deaths. Over time, cervical cancer can be prevented as a public health problem, said WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
HPV vaccine is available in 35 countries and territories in America.
However, PAHO notes that in most countries, vaccine coverage with two recommended doses is still below the target of at least 80% of girls.
In addition, access to pre-cancer screening and treatment services is lacking, and screening coverage rates are below the target of at least 70% of women between 30 and 49 years of age. At least 32 million women in cervical cancer are estimated to be investigated in the region.
To increase public awareness of this disease, PAHO launched a communication campaign "It is time to stop cervical cancer" last November.
In connection with the slogan 'Do not stop cervical cancer from you', the initiative provides information on HPV vaccines and invites women to regularly check for pre-cancer damage. The campaign responds to the plan to reduce the number of new cervical cancer cases and deaths in the region to one third by 2030, as agreed by the regional health ministers at the PAHO Steering Board meeting in 2018. t
"Governments should adopt urgent measures to ensure that all girls are vaccinated against HPV and that all women over the age of 30 are tested and treated for pre-cancer damage," said Luciani, adding that "it will save thousands of lives ”.
The World Cancer Day coordinated by the International Cancer Control Union (UICC) every year on February 4th is an opportunity to unite the world in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.
This year, 2019 marks the launch of a three-year campaign with the slogan 'I am and I want', a call for action that mandates and asks for a personal promise to help reduce the impact of cancer.
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