We Can Eliminate Cervical Cancer

A global commitment to eliminating cervical cancer launched in 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO) identified three key pillars:

    • 90% coverage of HPV Vaccination of girls (by 15 years of age)
    • 70% coverage of screening (70% of women are screened with high-performance tests by the ages of 35 and 45 years)
    • 90% treatment of precancerous lesions and Management of 90% of invasive cancer cases
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Australia is the First Country…

in the world on track to eliminate cervical cancer by as early as 2028 to 2035 as a public health problem. This can be achieved through a combination of HPV vaccination, screening and treatment of pre-cancers and invasive cancers.

“ELIMINATION” means fewer than 4 per 100,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer per year.

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About 11 Filipina Women Die Per Day

In the Philippines, since the 1980’s to today, Cervical Cancer remains  as the second most common cancer in women. Despite effective cervical cancer prevention, screening and management made available to us, about 11 to 12 Filipina women succumb to the disease each day.

We can no longer ignore cervical cancer as a global health issue nor can we continue to overlook the unnecessary deaths that arise from socioeconomic disparities and stigma. To tolerate these systemic inequities would be one of the most grievous offences against the fundamental rights of all girls and women.
No woman should die from cervical cancer. Ever.
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WHO Cervical Cancer Report 2021: Philippines 

Primary Prevention: The Philippine HPV Vaccination program coverage among girls (2020) shows fewer than 1 in 10 girls in the primary target cohort in 2020 have received their final HPV vaccination dose.
Secondary Prevention (Screening): The Philippine Screening for Cervical Cancer (2019) shows fewer than 1 in 10 women have been screened for cervical cancer in the last 5 years.

The low HPV vaccination rate and the low cervical cancer screening uptake is robbing families of mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers, as well  reduces productivity, limits economic growth, and may trap families in poverty. 


Investing in cervical cancer prevention and control makes sense. For every dollar invested in cervical cancer prevention and treatment, at least $3.20 will be returned to the economy through 2050. 
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Based on the WHO elimination strategy,  the 90-70-90 targets must be met by 2030 for countries to be on the path towards cervical cancer elimination. We officially will start in May 2021 and already foresee an uphill challenge in accomplishing this goal. This board shall serve as our inspiration to remind us of our commitment and to push our work to attain our goal.



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