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Preventing Cervical Cancer in the 21st Century

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The January session of Grand Rounds “Preventing Cervical Cancer in the 21st Century,” was viewed in 7 foreign countries and in 47 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Each year more than 4,000 U.S. women die from cervical cancer, the 4th most common cancer in women worldwide. Over 90% of cases of cervical cancer are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) and the risk of cancer varies among the different HPV strains. Fortunately, cervical cancer can be prevented through HPV vaccination and screening, which include Papanicolaou (Pap) and HPV DNA tests. These tests detect abnormal cells before they become cancerous (pre-cancers). If cancer develops, treatment can start early, when it is most effective.

In fact, the combination of screening and HPV vaccination could prevent up to 93% of cervical cancers. Still, gaps remain. Women at the highest risk are often not screened and HPV vaccination rates among U.S. adolescents remain low.

Please watch this session of Public Health Grand Rounds to learn about advances in screening and vaccination efforts and what can be done by communities across the country.

Each year more than 4,000 U.S. women die from cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. Fortunately, cervical cancer can be prevented through HPV vaccination and screening. In this session of “Beyond the Data,” Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr. Francisco Garcia discuss successes of community-based cervical cancer prevention.

Audience Questions
Can cervical cancer be eliminated?

Cervical cancer is highly preventable in most Western countries because screening tests and a vaccine to prevent HPV infections are available. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life.

Has the CDC program and/or others considered more opportunities to work with communities to understand women's experiences and needs (much like Dr. Garcia's program which was woman centered) to address the disparities and inequities in screening and diagnosis?

CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) works with state health agencies, territories, tribes and tribal organizations, and other key organizations to develop, implement, and promote effective cancer prevention and control practices. Below are links to examples of how we collaborate with other programs to prevent and control cancer. https://www.cdc.gov/prc/thematic-networks.htm

Presented By
Mona Saraiya, MD, MPH, CAPT, USPHS
Team Lead
Health Services Research Team
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
"Cervical Cancer Control in the 21st Century"
Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH
Director
Immunization Services Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
"HPV Vaccines Are Key to Preventing Future Cervical Cancer"
Nicolas Wentzensen, MD, PhD, MS
Deputy Branch Chief and Senior Investigator
Clinical Genetics Branch
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
National Cancer Institute, NIH
"Novel Tools for Screening in High- and Low-Resource Settings"
Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH
Assistant County Administrator and Chief Medical Officer
Pima County Department of Health, Tucson, Arizona
"Local Perspective: The Challenges of Cervical Cancer Prevention in Border Counties"
Lisa C. Richardson, MD MPH
Director
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
"Role of Healthcare Providers in Cervical Cancer Prevention: Now and in the Future"
Facilitated By
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director
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Continuing Education
This session is available for Continuing Education (CE). Register here using the course information below.

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN: 0387-0000-19-001-H04-P

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