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Global Health
July 16, 2019

Reducing Cervical Cancer Deaths

JAMA. 2019;322(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9915

A combination of increased cervical cancer screening, better coverage with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and better access to radiotherapy will be needed to cut global cervical cancer incidence and deaths, according to a pair of studies in The Lancet Oncology.

In May 2018, the World Health Organization’s director general called for a global effort to eliminate cervical cancer worldwide. The organization is currently drafting its strategy to achieve this goal, and the plan will be presented at the World Health Assembly in 2020. The 2 studies, which use modeling to help predict how various interventions will affect cervical cancer incidence and death rates, may help inform the WHO’s efforts.