Help Eliminate Cervical Cancer on International HPV Awareness Day 2019
On International HPV Awareness Day 2019, a global partnership of over 60 organizations will be ‘lifting the lid' on the human papillomavirus (HPV) on March 4, 2019.
HPV is the world's most prevalent sexually transmitted infection and is associated with life-threatening cancers including cancers of the cervix, anus, penis, vagina, vulva, mouth and throat.
Around 90 percent of cervical cancer cases are HPV-related and every 2 seconds a woman dies of cervical cancer.
The Gardasil 9 vaccine helps protect girls and women against cervical cancer, which is caused by 9 types of HPV.
It is estimated that 80 percent of people will contract the HPV virus at some point in their lives, nevertheless, many people know little about how to prevent HPV with innovative vaccines and screenings, or reduce their risk of developing HPV-related cancer.
'By understanding the HPV virus and by talking openly, we can remove the misunderstandings and stigma that often act as a barrier to appropriate healthcare and put people at real risk.' said Professor Margaret Stanley in a press release.
A recent study reported cervical cancer could be eliminated by the end of this century, according to a modeling study published in The Lancet Oncology Journal.
This study’s estimates, which are the first of their kind at a global-scale, indicate that combining high-uptake of the HPV vaccine and HPV-based cervical screening rates from 2020 onwards could prevent up to 13.4 million cases of cervical cancer globally within 50 years.
Moreover, the average rate of annual cervical cancer (CC) cases across all countries could fall to less than 4 cases per 100,000 women by the end of the century.
Without expanding current CC prevention programs, however, this study predicts that 44.4 million CC cases would be diagnosed over the next 50 years--rising from 600,000 in 2020 to 1.3 million in 2069.
"Despite the enormity of the problem, our (study’s) findings suggest that global elimination is within reach with tools that are already available", says Professor Karen Canfell from the Cancer Council New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. who led the study.
Recent HPV news articles:
- HPV Vaccine Prevents the Most Dangerous Human Papillomavirus Types That Cause Cervical Cancer
- HPV Unlikely Passed Hand-to-Hand
- Gardasil Empowers ‘Herd-Immunity’ Cancer Protection
HPV vaccines can be found in most authorized pharmacies and physician offices in the USA. To schedule a vaccination appointment, please visit this page.
Patient information resources and support can be access from the HPV Awareness 2019 campaign website.