What would it take for the province of British Columbia to Eliminate Cervical Cancer?

There were an estimated 1550 cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in Canada in 2017, with approximately 400 women dying from this preventable disease. Cervical cancer remains a public health threat to women at the prime of their lives. With access to highly effective HPV vaccines and screening technologies, we have reached a time when elimination of cervical cancer in Canada is entirely possible and within our reach.

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For years, BC has been a leader in cervical cancer prevention through its’ successful, decades long organized screening program. BC had also championed HPV vaccine research and program implementation. The WHO has issued a call to countries around the world to eliminate cervical cancer.  Research leads in BC are heeding this call, and taking the opportunity to build upon our world class programming to become leaders in the path towards elimination of cervical cancer, and have developed an action plan to achieve this goal.

The BC initiative had a unique opportunity to host a panel at the Women Deliver conference, held in Vancouver earlier this month. The session, “What would it take for the province of British Columbia to Eliminate Cervical Cancer?”

This dynamic panel discussed the reasons why elimination of cervical cancer in Canada is an important issue that needs to be addressed and tools and strategies that could be enhanced and or undertaken to achieve this goal. With the extensive expertise and varied backgrounds of each of the panel members, this robust discussion offered unique perspectives and suggestions for action items the BC initiative can move forward with in the path towards elimination of cervical cancer.

“This is a preventable disease that women should not be dying from, and we have a moral obligation to actively pursue elimination of cervical cancer….the tools to do this are available to us!”