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Cervical Cancer: Key Facts

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women globally, with an estimated 604,000 new cases and 342,000 deaths in 2020.



The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published an update to its worldwide Cervical Cancer statistics. The link below offers a summary of where we are in our fight against ending Cervical Cancer and we encourage our supporters to read the report.


  • Two human papillomavirus (HPV) types (16 and 18) are responsible for nearly 50% of high grade cervical pre-cancers

  • HPV is mainly transmitted through sexual contact and most people are infected with HPV shortly after the onset of sexual activity. More than 90% of them clear the infection eventually.

  • Women living with HIV are 6 times more likely to develop cervical cancer compared to women without HIV.

  • Vaccination against HPV and screening and treatment of pre-cancer lesions is a cost-effective way to prevent cervical cancer.

  • Cervical cancer can be cured if diagnosed at an early stage and treated promptly.

  • Comprehensive cervical cancer control includes primary prevention (vaccination against HPV), secondary prevention (screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions), tertiary prevention (diagnosis and treatment of invasive cervical cancer) and palliative care.


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