Why is cervical cancer still a public health concern?

WHY IS CERVICAL CANCER STILL A PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN?

Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women, especially in sub-saharan Africa (Jedy-Agba et al., 2020). In 2020, cervical cancer was the second leading cause of cancer deaths among African females, with a 19.8% mortality rate (Globocan, 2020).

Cervical cancer is a public health concern because:

The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018 announced a global call to action towards the elimination of cervical cancer with;

  • A threshold of 4 cases per 100,000 women-years for cervical cancer treatment;

  • A vision of a world where the disease is not a public health concern;

  • 90% of girls fully vaccinated by 15 years;

  • 70% of women being screened by 35 years and again by 45 years;

  • 90% of identified cases receiving treatment for both pre-cancer and invasive cancer management (WHO, 2020).

Our contribution to ensure these goals are achieved in our country and globally, is highlighted in 3 major areas in the next post.

What other ways can we achieve this?

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So many women are still unaware about cervical cancer and the need for early detection. This is an excellent article

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This is true. Thank you Chimdi!
Watch out for the next post.

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I totally agree with this. Implementing more sensitization programs targeting awareness should be a priority.

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