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Cervical Health

“Cervical cancer should be almost entirely preventable”

Professor Ian Frazer AC, co-inventor of the HPV vaccine and Trustee of ACCF

Thanks to items covered in the next sections, i.e. Cervical Screening, Support vaccination and screening, and vaccination, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Vaccination prevents infection with the most common cancer-causing strains of HPV, the virus responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer. Cervical screening is a test that detects changes to the cells of the cervix, often caused by prolonged HPV infection, and allows abnormalities to be treated before becoming cancerous. Regular cervical screening is the number one way to prevent cervical cancer.

528,000

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and seventh most common cancer overall, with an estimated 528,000 new cases worldwide in 2015.*

*Every Woman Every Child. (2016, September 2). Every Woman Every Child Toolkit: World Cancer Day 2016.

270,000

Worldwide, 270,000 women die from cervical cancer each year. Most of those women are from developing countries.*

*Human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer (2016, September 22). World Health Organisation.

3126

The number of cervical cancer cases in the UK alone, in 2015*

*Cancer Research UK statistics.

4th

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer is women.

70%

The HPV vaccines guard against two high risk HPV types (16 and 18) which cause around 70% of all HPV.

80%

Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is a common virus spread by genital-skin to genital-skin contact during sexual activity. 80% of people will come into contact with HPV at some point in their lives.*

*Pap tests and the Vaccine. (2016, September 22). Protecting Yourself against Cervical Cancer Published by Pap Screen Victoria.

90%

Almost 90% of cervical cancer deaths occur in less developed regions, due to the lack of prevention and treatment programmes. Mortality can be reduced through a comprehensive approach to prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

Resources

Your cervical health is so important. Being diagnosed with an abnormality positive from a Cervical Screening Test or with cervical cancer can be a very scary and lonely time for women and their families.

The World Health Organization recommends a comprehensive approach to cervical cancer prevention and treatment for women across their entire life course. This includes education, vaccination, screening, treatment and palliative care.

We've compiled a selection of resources to help you learn about cervical cancer and woman's health, which you can view below.

Unrivalled Commitment

As a healthcare professional specializing in women's health, I've collaborated with UK Cervical Cancer on numerous
occasions. Their commitment to early detection, patient care, and community outreach is unmatched.

David Patel