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Papua New Guinea could eliminate cervical cancer by 2085

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. However, in 2018, an estimated 311,000 women died from cervical cancer globally. Most of these deaths occurred in low- and lower-middle income countries (LMICs) due to inadequate access to cervical cancer prevention.

In November 2020, the WHO launched a Global Strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem. The Strategy proposes an elimination threshold of 4 cases per 100,000 women, achieved by implementing the triple intervention targets by 2030:

  • 90% of girls fully vaccinated with the HPV vaccine by age 15.
  • 70% of women screened with a high-performance test (such as the HPV test) by 35, and again by 45 years.
  • 90% of women identified with cervical precancer or cervical cancer receive adequate treatment and care...