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Stories of cervical cancer prevention and control in the Americas.

Witness how the countries in the Americas are working every day to end cervical cancer. Learn the stories of women that survived cervical cancer or who managed to avoid their development thanks to timely detection. Listen to the testimonies of mothers who have decided to vaccinate their daughters against the human papillomavirus to protect them against cervical cancer. Discover the experiences of health care professionals who work every day in HPV vaccination, and cervical cancer screening programs.

Photo exhibit: It is time to end cervical cancer

 

A day of vaccination against HPV in Brazil

 

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This is the line for vaccination at the Municipal School Itamar Martins Ferreira, in Goiânia, capital of the state of Goiás, it is long. Girls and boys (9 to 14 and 11 to 13 years old respectively) wait to receive the second dose of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. The first dose was applied six months ago in the same place.

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Looking for lost girls

 

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Ana Cristina González has been a nurse for 14 years and works in the Health Center of the municipality of Ciudad Vieja, department of Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala. Today, it is her turn to "go to the field" to vaccinate against HPV those girls who did not attend classes the day the vaccine was applied in their schools. On the days that Ana goes out to the countryside, she goes through the town with her thermos vaccine case and the backpack with information and authorizations that the families sign.

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Improving the follow-up of patients with high-risk positive results

 

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Doctors Claudia Camel and Ana María Terraza are the two main gynecologists in charge of cervical cancer at the health center in Zone 1, Guatemala City. When women are tested positive with high-risk HPV,come in for a check-up once a year to receive screening and colposcopy. In colposcopy, the doctors use a device called a colposcope to look closely at the cervix for potentially cancerous lesions.

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Communication and counseling, part of the comprehensive care at the cervical cancer clinic

 

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In recent years, staff at the Health Center Las Crucitas, located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has been offering HPV testing for cervical cancer screening in women and providing treatment for women with precancerous lesions. The program puts special care in the educational aspect. The center has a room reserved exclusively for counseling, where healthcare professionals sit down with each client to explain carefully about cervical cancer, HPV, the cancer screening test and to answer any questions or doubts they may have.

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Videos

History of Fanny (Bolivia)

 

Comprehensive care for cervical cancer in Sucre (Bolivia)

 

Cindy Ovando. Experience with the human papillomavirus test (Guatemala)

 

Pap smear testing (Trinidad and Tobago)

 

Fanny Romero The importance of monitoring all positive cases (Honduras)

 

Ayana John vaccinates her daughter against HPV (Trinidad and Tobago)