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Representatives from Ministries of Health from 27 countries in the Americas, together with relevant UN agencies and civil society organizations gathered in Washington, DC on 1-2 August 2019 to discuss effective interventions for cervical cancer prevention and control. This was in support of the proposed global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer and to set a path towards future elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem in the Region of the Americas.
On 31 July and 1 August 2018, cervical cancer experts and representatives of the Ministries of Health from Latin America met to discuss and share experiences on introducing the human papillomavirus (HPV) test in cervical cancer screening programs. The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Washington, D.C., and was cosponsored by PAHO, PATH, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
At the meeting, experiences in countries of the Region in which the HPV test has already been incorporated in screening programs were shared. Based on the lessons learned from these countries, the participants identified a set of strategies for using the HPV test, to increase coverage and treatment rates, and to improve the effectiveness of cervical cancer screening programs. Finally, participants worked on a joint agenda for promoting the implementation of HPV testing-based screening programs in Latin America.
Together we can reduce the cancer burden in the Americas.
The World Cancer Day 2018 campaign called for joint efforts between governments, nongovernmental organizations and civil society organizations to promote action and investments in areas including tobacco control, promotion of healthy lifestyles, cancer screening and early detection, and improved cancer treatment services, as well as palliative care.
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.
Read more to access more information and download the campaign materials.
Regional experts confirmed the need to develop a set of messages to prevent cancer for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), as evidence based messages to raise population awareness and understanding about how to reduce cancer risk.