What is Cervical Cancer?
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) where it joins with the top end of the vagina
The sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the cause of virtually all cervical cancer cases
A cervix with a persistent HPV infection develops “precancerous” lesions that, if caught early, can be treated
Two vaccines are available to prevent multiple strains of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases
Vaccines are extremely effective when given to girls before they become sexually active
What is the Cervical Cancer Initiative?
Every year 530’000 women worldwide are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and around 275,000 die from the disease, with 88% of deaths occurring in developing countries (according to Globocan 2008 (IARC), Section of Cancer Information, January 2012).
The good news is that cervical cancer is unique in that the knowledge and science to successfully prevent, early detect and treat it are available. These tools could make cervical cancer a disease of the past.
Based on this knowledge, UICC is spearheading the Cervical Cancer Initiative (CCI) to significantly reduce the incidence and mortality of women dying from the disease through targeted and resourced interventions, supported by multiple partners.