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2017

World Cancer Day 2017

02/02/2017

Every year, cervical cancer kills more than 250 000 women, and 85% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, but most of these deaths could be prevented with adequate prevention measures, such as vaccination of girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) and screening programmes to detect and treat precancerous lesions.



IARC Press Release 250: Affordable vaccines key to scale up HPV vaccination and prevent thousands of avoidable cervical cancers. English, Français


Although most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented with adequate prevention measures, such as vaccination of girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) and screening programmes to detect and treat precancerous lesions, in many countries HPV vaccination is still not taking place. Dr Rolando Herrero, Head of the Section of Early Detection and Prevention at IARC, explains why scaling up HPV vaccination is critical to curb the epidemic.


Dr Rolando Herrero, Head of the Section of Early Detection and Prevention - HPV Vaccine

Since the licensing of the first HPV vaccine in 2006, 75 countries have introduced HPV vaccination to protect women against cervical cancer. Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor on Cancer Control and Head of IARC′s Screening Group, gives an overview of the progress made in scaling up the implementation of HPV vaccination around the world.


Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor (CCO) and Group Head, Screening Group, IARC

HPV vaccination plays a key role in protecting women against cervical cancer. Yet many developing countries have still not implemented HPV vaccination programmes. Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor on Cancer Control and Head of IARC′s Screening Group, explains why it is critical that HPV vaccination is implemented in Asia.


Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor (CCO) and Group Head, Screening Group, IARC

Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor on Cancer Control and Head of IARC′s Screening Group, highlights three key barriers in developing countries to the implementation of HPV vaccination, which plays a key role in protecting women against cervical cancer.


Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor (CCO) and Group Head, Screening Group, IARC

Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor on Cancer Control and Head of IARC′s Screening Group, stresses why political will is needed to scale up HPV vaccination in order to fight cervical cancer in developing countries.


Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor (CCO) and Group Head, Screening Group, IARC
Countries with HPV vaccine in the national immunization programme
Estimated age-standardized rates (World) per 100 000 of incident cases of cervical cancer, worldwide in 2012
Estimated age-standardized rates (World) per 100 000 of deaths from cervical cancer, worldwide in 2012