In recent years, Australia has been vaccinating for free all adolescents against the human papilloma virus. A prevention campaign that bears fruit. With soon four new cases for 100 000 inhabitants, Australia could become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer today still has many victims around the world, partly because the disease is detected too late. This is the fourth most deadly cancer in women. On the other hand, if it is treated early enough, the chances of remission are very good. In this sense, the Australian health authorities have set up in 2007 a vaccination campaign for young adults against the human papilloma virus, the main vector of the disease. And the results are there.
“Australia is on the move to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem by 2028,” writes a team of Cancer Council researchers NSWd years ago the Lancet Public Health. According to the researchers ‘ estimates, there could be less than one death per year for 100 000 inhabitants by 2034.
In spite of all these efforts, Australia does not intend to stop there and continues to target the youngest. An example to follow for many countries. France, for its part, ranks 10th among the European Union countries with the lowest mortality rates, with 1 100 deaths per year on about 3 000 new cases. Early detection could, however, be used to treat possible pre-cancerous lesions before they are transformed into advanced cancer. A vaccination against HPV (papilloma virus) is recommended for all adolescents (11-14 years). A check is then required every 3 years for women aged 25 to 65 years.
Also note that the Papilloma virus vaccine also protects against other conditions such as genital warts and cancers of the penis, throat, vulva, anus and vagina.