- Over 80,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and almost 36,000 died from this disease in the Region of the Americas, in 2008.
- If current trends continue, the number of deaths in the Americas is projected to almost double by 2030.
- Cervical cancer mortality rates are 7 times higher in Latin America and the Caribbean than in North America, highlighting inequities in health.
- Screening women for cervical pre-cancer, followed by treatment, is a cost-effective intervention to prevent cervical cancer.
- Approximately 70% of cancer cases could be avoided through HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination of adolescent girls.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 14:50