- Over 72,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and almost 34,000 died from this disease in the Region of the Americas, in 2018.
- Cervical cancer mortality rates are 3 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.
- Vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can reduce significatively the risk of cervical cancer. PAHO recommends to vaccinate girls from 9 to 14 years-old, when it is more effective.
- HPV vaccines are available in 35 countries and territories of the Americas, but coverage rates with the two doses do not reach yet 80% of girls.
Cervical cancer prevention
"It´s time to end cervical cancer" is the slogan for the communication campaign with materials, information and stories available for Ministries of Health and health institutions to promote cervical cancer prevention through HPV vaccination and screening and treatment of precancerous lesions.
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Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control
This is a free course aimed at health sector workers aimed to promote education and training for health providers in the prevention and control of cervical cancer. The 10 modules cover primary prevention through vaccination against HPV and the detection and treatment of precancerous lesions, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of invasive cervical cancer, and the provision of palliative care. Access to the course
VIA and Cryotherapy for Cervical Cancer Prevention
This course -in Spanish only- provides knowledge about essential aspects that need to be known to perform the Visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA). At the end of this course, the learner will be capable to perform the VIA and detect cervical cancer in early stages, improving timely and successful treatment. Access to the course
Comprehensive cervical cancer control. A guide to essential practice
This guide, aimed to health care providers, gives practical and updated information on cervical cancer prevention and control. In particular, it provides information on the HPV vaccine, on the screening methods, on the diagnose and treatment of precancerous lesions and invasive cancer, as well as on palliative care. The guide is available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Integrating HPV Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening Programs: A manual for program managers
This manual provides information on how to plan and implement a cervical cancer screening program, based on HPV testing as a primary screening test. For additional information on the technical specifications of various HPV tests, visit the webpage on HPV testing.
The manual is available in English and Spanish
Improving data for decision-making: a toolkit for cervical cancer prevention an control programmes
The toolkit presents an aligned package of operational resources for improving the availability and use of high-quality data for decision-making in cervical cancer programmes.
Booklets: Human papilloma virus and cervical cancer
This series of booklets provides clear information and answer frequently asked questions on HPV and cervical cancer. They are part of the campaign "It is time to end cervical cancer", and each one addresses a different public: women, parents, teachers and health personnel.
HPV testing is used for cervical cancer screening. It is more sensitive and effective than other screening tests, and can accurately identify women at high risk of developing cervical cancer. There are several HPV testing products available. Find out more information on the main HPV tests available, along with their main characteristics.