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WHO to collaborate with survivors, celebrities to raise awareness on Cervical Cancer

The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with celebrities, cancer survivors and other community organizations to raise awareness and mobilize efforts against cervical cancer. Speaking to the media, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that cervical cancer is the fourth most common form of life-threatening disease and that it causes “immense suffering”. However, he said the disease was “totally preventable” and could easily be treated if diagnosed early. Specifically, Ghebreyesus’ statement comes a day before the first anniversary of the 2021 Day of Action to Eradicate Cervical Cancer, which will be celebrated on November 17th.

“Cervical cancer causes immense suffering, but it is almost entirely preventable and, if diagnosed early enough, it is one of the most successfully treatable cancers,” said Tedros. “We have the tools to grasp the history of cervical cancer, but only if we make these tools available to everyone who needs them. We want to achieve this together with our partners in the WHO initiative to eradicate cervical cancer, ”he added.

Although the WHO chief stressed that early access could lead to successful treatment of cervical cancer, he stressed that women and girls in the “poorest countries” do not receive clinical screening, vaccines and adequate treatment. It is noteworthy that the risk of disease for women who are already infected with HIV increases sixfold.

“Last year only 13 percent of girls aged nine to 14 years worldwide were vaccinated against HPV, while around 80 countries – which account for about two-thirds of the world’s cervical cancer burden – are not yet vaccinated,” said the WHO.

WHO commends efforts to prevent cervical cancer

According to the Global Health Agency, cervical cancer can be completely eliminated if 90% of girls are vaccinated 70% of women are screened 90% of women who need treatment. Meanwhile, WHO praised governments’ efforts to eradicate the disease. Other nations have been lauded for “training health workers with newer, hand-held devices to thermally remove precancerous lesions, a procedure that uses heat to remove tissue or to spread self-sampling for cervical abnormalities.” As described by the WHO, the latter process “enables women to collect their own smears, which can reduce stigma and provide access to those who live far from health facilities. The WHO added that the samples can run on the same laboratory platforms used to support polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19 ”.

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