Health Desk- 18 Nov 2020: WHO‘s Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, launched on Tuesday, outlines three key steps: vaccination, screening and treatment.
Successful implementation of all three could reduce more than 40% of new cases of the disease and 5 million related deaths by 2050.
Today’s development represents a historic milestone because it marks the first time that 194 countries commit to eliminating cancer - following adoption of a resolution at this year’s World Health Assembly.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, ‘Eliminating any cancer would have once seemed an impossible dream, but we now have the cost-effective, evidence-based tools to make that dream a reality’.
Cervical cancer is a preventable disease. It is also curable if detected early and adequately treated. Yet it is the fourth most common cancer among women globally.