GAVI Alliance is marking World Cancer Day by joining hundreds of organisations worldwide to Debunk the Myths about cancer and dispel the myth that cancer is a non-communicable disease. As many as 1.9 cancer cases worldwide every year are caused by cancer-causing infectious agents such as hepatitis B and human papillomavirus. Currently, two safe and effective vaccines can prevent infection-related cancers: liver cancer with hepatitis B vaccine and cervical cancer with the HPV vaccine.
To learn more about the importance of vaccines against cancer-causing infectious agents, download UICC and GAVI’s Factsheet: One-Pager "Revolutionising Cancer Prevention with Vaccines".
To coincide with World Cancer Day, GAVI has announced its support for HPV vaccine demonstration programmes in a further 10 countries, nine of them in sub Saharan Africa. More information on this programme is available here.