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International Agency for Research on Cancer says Cervical cancer ranks 2nd most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in Belize

Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2024. 1:32 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: A 2023 report by the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) showed that Belize has a population of 145,121 women ages 15 years and older who are at risk of developing cervical cancer.

In addition, estimates indicate that every year 34 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 25 die from the disease.

“Cervical cancer ranks as the 2nd most frequent cancer among women in Belize and the 2nd most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age,” the report noted.

The World Health Organization urge women to prevent cervical cancer by getting the prophylactic vaccine against HPV.

The WHO recommends:

Being vaccinated at age 9–14 years is a very effective way to prevent HPV infection, cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers.

Screening from the age of 30 (25 years in women living with HIV) can detect cervical disease, which when treated, also prevents cervical cancer.

 At any age with symptoms or concerns, early detection followed by prompt quality treatment can cure cervical cancer.

Women are also urged to screen regularly and treat pre-cancer lesions,

Cervical cancer can be cured if diagnosed at an early stage and treated promptly.

Countries around the world are working to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer in the coming decades, with an agreed set of three targets to be met by 2030.


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