Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100 – research

The Guardian &... February 22, 2019

The Guardian newspaper reports that millions of cases could be prevented with high HPV vaccine and screening coverage.

Cervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in most countries around the world by the end of the 21st century, according to research.

The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, which protects against the virus that causes most cases, has dramatically reduced incidences of cervical cancer wherever uptake has been high. There are hopes that the jab given to young girls, together with occasional HPV screening, could end the scourge of a disease that kills more than 300,000 women globally every year.

Last year the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for coordinated global efforts to eliminate the disease. The research, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, shows how this could be done by scaling up vaccine coverage and screening.

If nothing happens, 600,000 women will get cervical cancer in 2020, rising to 1.3 million a year by 2069 because the population is increasing and ageing. But the academics from Sydney, Australia, say 13.4m cases of the disease could be prevented in the next 50 years by implementing high vaccine and screening coverage in all countries. By the end of the century, that would bring the global caseload down to less than four in 100,000 women – a level at which the cancer could be considered effectively eliminated.

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Zanolife says:
Demand for HPV vaccinations in HK has been very high in the recent past with many clinics running out of stock of HPV vaccines – particularly Gardasil 9 in 1 by MSD. Demand has loosened up a bit recently and clinics and hospitals do not appear to be under the same stock pressures as they have been in the past. Some of our partners currently have available stock of Gardasil 9 in 1. For enquiries, please email [email protected] or call 852 2152 2097.

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The above is an extract from an article which appeared on 20 February 2019 on theguardian.com

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