The American Cancer Society (ACD) has announced their commitment to work towards a reduction in the global burden of HPV disease, and where certain conditions are met, the elimination of cervical cancer through HPV vaccination and screening.
To help achieve this, ACS has launched Mission: HPV Cancer Free, with the goal of increasing HPV vaccination rates for pre-teen boys and girls to 80% by 2026, 20 years after approval of the first HPV vaccine. This embodies the belief that through this sustained organizational commitment and strategic investment, ACS can help save untold lives and create an HPV cancer-free world. Read the ACS statement here.
The United States National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers have come together to fully endorse the goal of eliminating cancers caused by HPV through gender neutral HPV vaccination and evidence-based cancer screening. Read the NCI cancer centers statement here.
On May 19, 2018, during the World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom, called on all countries to take action to eliminate cervical cancer (CCU) of the planet. In his speech, which was attended by the former President of Chile, Michele Bachelet; the President of UICC Sanchia Aranda; the Princess of Jordan Dina Mired and several Ministers of Health, the Director General mentioned that cervical cancer is a tragedy that can and should be prevented because the necessary tools are available to achieve it.
This disease affects more than half a million women in the world and failure to act decisively could mean an increase in mortality by 50% by 2030. Nine out of 10 deaths from this disease occur in developing countries. Let us not forget that cervical cancer is the leading cause of death in Colombia in women between 20 and 45 years of age, in which women are often mothers and head of household in many cases. The loss of a mother is priceless, and the society we aspire to be cannot accept this.
We have two extraordinary tools to eliminate this disease from our country: the human papillomavirus vaccine and the new DNA tests that make it possible to detect the presence of the virus with greater certainty and detect the disease at its origin and treat it with curative intent. Both technologies are in the Benefits Plan. There is no excuse for not achieving it.
The Director General of WHO has called on all countries of the world to join efforts to eliminate this disease that has shortened the lives of millions of women.
The Colombian League joins the team of organizations that have accepted the challenge!
The WHO, UICC (Union for International Cancer Control), the Pan American Health Organization, all the Scientific Societies, the World Bank ... all united for the purpose of eliminating cervical cancer! Dr. CARLOS CASTRO Scientific Director LCCC.