During January, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is marking Cervical Cancer Awareness Month with a series of tweets, videos, and infographics.
In 2018, an estimated 570 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 311 000 women died from the disease. Persistent infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types is the main cause of cervical cancer.
Find out more below about cervical cancer, how it can be prevented, and the global initiative to eliminate this disease as a public health problem.Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2020 Videos
Towards cervical cancer elimination
Studies by teams of researchers including scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that the WHO Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative could avert 74 million cases of cervical cancer and 62 million deaths from cervical cancer over the next century. In this animation, learn about the burden of cervical cancer and how IARC supports WHO to meet the targets of the initiative and eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem.
Cervical cancer elimination with Dr Freddie Bray
Population-based cancer registries are the eyes and ears of cancer control. For Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Dr Freddie Bray, Head of the Section of Cancer Surveillance at IARC, presents information on the global burden of cervical cancer and how registries help us to understand the inequalities associated with this disease.
Data from population-based registries help us plan and track the impact of programmes aimed at reducing the incidence of cervical cancer and other cancers. These data are crucial to the WHO Global Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative, which aims to eliminate the disease as a public health problem.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2020 with Dr Partha Basu
Dr Partha Basu, Head of the Screening Group at IARC, presents an overview of the worldwide burden of cervical cancer and how IARC is working to eliminate this preventable disease.
Current research projects include a project assessing vaccine efficacy, projects to improve access to vaccination and screening, and projects to improve treatment of cervical precancer in low- and middle-income settings. All of these contribute to the WHO Global Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative and provide evidence to support guidelines and policy.