Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Australia will be the first country in the world which will be free from cervical cancer


IllustrationIllustration - Cervical cancer is one of the main killers for women worldwide. In many countries, cervical cancer and breast cancer rank topped as the leading cause of death in women, including in Indonesia. However, that does not mean that hope is nil. The good news came from Australia. The Kangaroo country will be the first country in the world which will be free from cervical cancer.

Australia is predicted to successfully eliminate cervical cancer thanks to national vaccination and early examination programs. The latest report shows Australia is on the right track to be free from cervical cancer in 2028.

Free of cervical cancer means there are only a maximum of four new cases per 100 thousand women each year. At present, in Australia there are seven cases of cervical cancer per 100 thousand women.

Based on the study, the trend of cervical cancer in Australia continues to show a decline. In the next 2022, cervical cancer will be categorized as a rare disease with only six new cases per 100 thousand women. In 2034, the death from cervical cancer will be only one per 100,000 women.

Researchers say, this prediction can be realized if Australia continues to intensify early checks and expand vaccine coverage.

"This is happy news for women throughout Australia. We have been leading in cervical cancer control for many years and we will share our research and approach to the whole world to eliminate this preventable cancer" said the lead researcher, Director of Cancer Council NSW professor Karen Canfell, quoted from CNN.


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