November 17: Cervical Cancer Elimination Day of Action
Today, November 17 marks 2 years since the world committed to end Cervical Cancer.
On November 17 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched the 'Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer by 2030.'
We can end cervical cancer if 90% of girls are vaccinated, 70% of women are screened and 90% of women receive treatment.
WHY MUST WE TAKE ACTION TO ELIMINATE CERVICAL CANCER?
(1) TO SAVE LIVES WORLDWIDE
1 woman dies every 2 minutes from cervical cancer yet it is preventable, treatable, detectable, and curable.
(2) TO MOVE TOWARDS HEALTH EQUITY
In 2021, globally only 12% of girls were fully vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV). Nearly 90% of cervical cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries where supply, access to screening and treatment is limited.
(3) TO SUPPORT THE GLOBAL WORKFORCE
250,000 healthy women will remain productive members of the workforce by 2030, contributing approximately $28 billion to the world’s economy.
(4) TO CREATE A CERVICAL CANCER FREE FUTURE
By 2040, 70 million cases and 62 million cervical cancer deaths can be averted. Cervical cancer deaths will rise by nearly 50% if we don't act with low and middle-income countries bearing the burden.
What will you do before this year ends to eliminate Cervical Cancer?
(1) Get informed and educate others.
(2) Get screened
(3) Get vaccinated
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