The annual number of deaths from cervical cancer, caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), has tripled in the last five years. Based on data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published in GLOBCAN 2018.
Deaths from cervical cancer increased from 42 percent in 2012 to 125 today. The same report indicates that cases of cervical cancer have increased from 113 to 192 cases annually since 2012, an increase of around 70 percent.
How can it be eliminated?
Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be completely eradicated by preventing the circulation of the HPV vaccine and early detection in women 30 years of age or older.
While many countries have developed robust prevention programs such as Australia, which recently announced that it will completely eliminate cervical cancer by 2028, Lebanon and the rest of the region have yet to develop a strategy and program to eradicate the disease nationwide.
A worrisome reality
"It is disturbing to see that, despite strong evidence of the effective role of HPV vaccination in eradicating cervical cancer," said Dr. Faisal Al Qaq, vice president of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Uterus, the countries of the Middle East, except the UAE and Libya, did not circulate, "adding that" Avoiding avoidable deaths is the responsibility of all physicians and decision-makers. "
Deaths increase by 60% in 2040 years.
According to GLOBCAN 2018, if prevention standards in Lebanon are not taken into account, the annual number of deaths is expected to increase by more than 60% by 2040. According to Jawad Marji, student of the International Committee of Medical Students of Lebanon and An awareness activist for the eradication of human papilloma virus (HPV) in Lebanon: "Unfortunately, we know very well how to avoid, detect and treat HPV-related diseases, but lack of political will, stigma and lack Information on health are barriers that must be saved to save lives and eradicate the epidemic. "
It should be recalled that, since 2009, the WHO has recommended the inclusion of the HPV vaccine in national immunization programs as the recommended "best option" for the control of non-communicable diseases. The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tidros Adanum Gpriesis, also called for a concerted global effort to eradicate cervical cancer.