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The time to act is now

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The global cancer community commemorates World Cancer Day, on February 4, with a call to act now to create a future without cancer. PAHO´s focus for this year´s campaign is on cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can be prevented through HPV vaccination, screening and treatment of precancerous lesions; and it can be cured if detected early and treated promptly.

Cervical cancer the third most common cancer type among women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Each year, more than 72,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 34,000 die by this disease in the Region of the Americas.

Vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can reduce significatively the risk of cervical cancer. PAHO recommends to vaccinate girls from 9 to 14 years-old, when it is more effective. HPV vaccines are available in 35 countries and territories of the Americas, but coverage rates with the two doses do not reach yet 80% of girls. Along with HPV vaccination, screening and treatment of precanceous lesions can prevent new cases and deaths.

World Health Organization has prioritized the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem. In the Americas, Ministers of Health approved in 2018 a regional plan of action aimed to reduce by 30% new cases and deaths by 2030.

To raise public awareness, PAHO launched a new campaign, "It´s time to end cervical cancer". It is particularly relevant for women, parents and teachers, to learn more about cervical cancer and what they can do to prevent it.

Social Media Cards

Download the graphic cards below by clicking on the right button of your mouse or downloading the image onto your smartphone.

Share them in your social networks and join the conversation using the hashtags #endcervicalcancer; #getvax; #getscreened; #IAmAndIWill; #WorldCancerDay

For more social media cards and other materials visit Campaign materials

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It´s time to end cervical cancer