Cervical cancer: A Global Strategy for elimination

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Following the call from the WHO Director General in 2018, in August 2020, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution calling for elimination of cervical cancer and adopting a strategy to make it happen.

The Global Strategy outlines the following threshold: we will have eliminated cervical cancer as a public health problem when all countries reach an incidence rate of less than  4 cases per 100 000 women. This should happen within the lifetime of today’s young girls.

It has three main pillars: prevent, screen and treat, that capture a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, effective screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions, early cancer diagnosis and programmes for the management of invasive cancer.