GENEVA, Jan 12 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — Every year over 300,000 women in the world die of cervix cancer, which could be prevented if they received timely health care, WHO warns Tuesday.
This could be the first cancer to be eliminated if 90 percent of girls are vaccinated, 70 percent of women are examined and 90 percent of those suffering from it are treated, the health organisation highlighted on Twitter.
It also indicated that nine in ten of these deaths occur in the poorest countries.
This malignant tumor in the lower part of the uterus is the fourth most common cancer in women, but it could be prevented through the vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection.
According to WHO data, 99 percent of cervix cancer cases are related to HPV.
WHO also touches upon effective approaches of secondary prevention, with the detection and treatment of pre-cancer injuries.
Treatments to sick people include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which can be highly effective.
This month, dedicated to raise awareness on this disease and its effects, experts are insisting on the need of a comprehensive approach to prevent, detect and treat it until it is eliminated as a public health problem.
— NNN-PRENSA LATINA