Celebrate Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2023 with Bradford Pharmacy!

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Cervical cancer develops in a woman's cervix (the entrance to the uterus from the vagina). Almost all cervical cancer cases (99%) are linked to infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (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.

Cervical cancer is the 6th most common cancer in women in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. In 2020, an estimated 89 800 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the Region and more than 47 500 women died from the disease.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It is a perfect opportunity for WHO and partners to raise awareness about cervical cancer and HPV vaccination. This year, we are focusing on ending cervical cancer within a few generations as the theme for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

When diagnosed, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively. Cancers diagnosed in late stages can also be controlled with appropriate treatment and palliative care. With a comprehensive approach to prevent, screen and treat, we can end cervical cancer as a public health problem within a few generations.

On this Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the messages are clear.

  1. Get informed. Find out the facts about cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes it. Help educate other women in your life too.
  2. Get screened. Cervical cancer screening typically starts at age 30 and is repeated periodically.
  3. Get vaccinated. The HPV vaccine is given in 2 doses that should begin when a girl is between 9 and 14 years old.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month also comes at a time when the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, where substantial disruptions to essential health services persist. So during this month and beyond, let us work together, to build back healthier communities by improving access to HPV vaccination, screening, treatment for cervical pre-cancer and management of cervical cancer by 2030 and end cervical cancer within a few generations.
Celebrate Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2023 with Bradford Pharmacy!
Celebrate Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2023 with Bradford Pharmacy!
Despite being a preventable and curable disease, cervical cancer is responsible for a large burden of suffering in women around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries. To uphold the right to health for adolescent girls and women, it is important that disparities in access to high-quality health services are addressed.

In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) set a goal to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem globally by 2120. To reach this goal, WHO’s Member States should strive to meet the following interim scale-up targets by 2030:

  1. 90% of girls are fully vaccinated with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine by 15 years of age;
  2. 70% of women are screened using a high-performance test by 35 years of age and again by 45 years of age;
  3. 90% of women with pre-cancer are treated, and 90% of women with invasive cancer are managed.

To build on the momentum of the Global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem, a regional cervical cancer elimination strategy has been developed for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region that is adapted to the religious, cultural, social, economic and geographical contexts in the Region.

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