|Media Advisory, An End to Cervical Cancerâ€”the Time is Now|
Cervical cancer is the number-one cancer killer of women worldwide, taking 270,000 lives each year. More than 37,000 of those deaths occur in Latin America and the Caribbean.
WHAT: The Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention, of which the Pan American Health Organization is a member, invites media representatives and the general public to an expert panel discussion on cervical cancer, as part of a series of events in observance of International Womenâ€™s Day. The panel will explore the use of novel approaches to cancer screening in combination with new human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines to drastically reduce cervical cancer deaths worldwide.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 5, 8:30 to 11 a.m. (breakfast will be served)
WHERE: Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St., N.W. (between 7th and I streets), in Washington, D.C. (Less than a block from the Chinatown Gate â€“ Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop, red, yellow or green lines)
WHO: Confirmed speakers include:
WHY: Women in developing countries bear the brunt of the burden of cervical cancer, with 85 percent of deaths due to this disease occurring in poor countries that lack adequate cancer screening and treatment programs. This contrasts starkly with the United States, Europe, and Australia, where cervical cancer rates have dropped dramatically over the past 40 years.
The world now has an extraordinary opportunity to reduce the burden of cervical cancer with simple screening methods that detect the early stages of disease, when treatment is most effective, and with innovative new technologies, including low-cost DNA screening and vaccines that protect young women early in life.
"Fortunately, every day more instruments for lowering the incidence of cervical cancer are becoming available. However, we must raise awareness and build the necessary consensus to effectively utilize these instruments, coordinating the efforts of governments, public health facilities, the private sector, families, and the population at large. We know that cervical cancer is significantly exacerbated by social and economic inequalities, adversely impacting indigenous, poor and rural women."
PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses
PAHO, founded in 1902, works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of their peoples. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization.