WHO: A Cervical Cancer-Free Future: First-Ever Global Commitment to Eliminate a Cancer

Source: Targeted News Service | Published on MSD Connect: January 2021 | HK-NON-00235 Jan/2021

The United Nations World Health Organization issued the following news release:

WHO's Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, launched today, outlines three key steps: vaccination, screening and treatment. Successful implementation of all three could reduce more than 40% of new cases of the disease and 5 million related deaths by 2050.

Today's development represents a historic milestone because it marks the first time that 194 countries commit to eliminating cancer - following adoption of a resolution at this year's World Health Assembly.

Meeting the following targets by 2030 will place all countries on the path toward elimination:

  • 90% of girls fully vaccinated with the HPV vaccine by 15 years of age
  • 70% of women screened using a high-performance test by age 35 and again by 45
  • 90% of women identified with cervical disease receive treatment (90% of women with pre-cancer treated and 90% of women with invasive cancer managed).
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