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World Health Organization: No woman should die from cervical cancer

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2023. 10:28 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: October is recognized globally as breast cancer awareness month.

Throughout the month, survivors and world leaders raise awareness on the types of cancers and prevention.

The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women.

The WHO says that most cervical cancer cases are linked to infection with high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV), an extremely common virus transmitted through sexual contact.

Although most infections with HPV resolve spontaneously and cause no symptoms, persistent infection can cause cervical cancer in women.

In 2018, an estimated 570 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 311 000 women died from the disease.

WHO says that when diagnosed, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively.

“No woman should die from cervical cancer. We have the technical, medical and policy tools and approaches to eliminate it. The burden of cervical cancer falls on the women who lack access to health services, mainly in low-and middle-income countries,” WHO stated.

In 2018, the Director-General of the World Health Organization announced a global call to action towards the elimination of cervical cancer.

 

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