Sexual and reproductive health

Reproductive health cancers

Strengthening cervical cancer prevention

In response to new etiologic evidence, improved technology, and promising HPV vaccine efforts, cervical cancer epidemiologic and preventive efforts are being reshaped throughout the world. The World Health Organization (WHO), the Harvard School of Public Health (Program in Health Decision Science), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and PATH are undertaking activities focused on preparing for HPV vaccine introduction in developing countries.

The WHO/ICO Information Centre on HPV and Cervical Cancer

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The WHO/ICO Information Centre on HPV and Cervical Cancer has been developed to accelerate the development and introduction of prophylactic human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines in countries with the highest burden of cervical cancer and reduce the incidence of this disease and related lesions among women.


International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

IARC is part of the World Health Organization Health care providers in developing countries regularly see women with advanced, incurable cervical cancer. At this late stage, there is little they can do to save women's lives. Even drugs designed to ease cancer pain often are unavailable. Yet cervical cancer can be readily prevented, even in women at high risk for the disease, through screening and treatment using relatively simple technologies. When precancerous changes in cervical tissue are found and the abnormal tissue successfully treated, a woman will not develop cancer.


WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

The mission of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals is the attainment of “a world in which all people at risk are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases". The web site provides policy, guidelines and information about vaccines, immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases.


PATH

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PATH is an international, non-profit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health.

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