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Thursday, March 04 2021 - 11:01
Medical expert warns thousands could die from HPV programming interrupted by Covid-19
LONDON, March 4, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

On HPV Awareness Day, the International Papillomavirus Society is urging women 
to attend delayed cervical screenings and for all interrupted services to 
re-start as thousands continue to miss out on vital HPV care, with deadly 
consequences. The IPVS is also calling for global vaccine equity. 

One woman dies from cervical cancer every 2 minutes but HPV is a virus that can 
be beaten, if services are rolled out and taken up. In higher income countries, 
cervical screenings have reduced from 70% to 30-40% and 32% of women are 
unlikely to attend appointments due to Covid-19 fears.

IPVS calls for everyone to 'Ask About HPV' -- speak to local politicians, 
healthcare practitioners and seek information at

86% of cervical cancers occur in developing countries where the story is even 
more serious. In sub-Saharan Africa, with the highest rate of cervical cancer 
in the world, cervical screening is available to less than 5% of eligible 

Professor Margaret Stanley, President of IPVS, says "It's unfathomable that 
there is such inequality in the roll-out of crucial, inexpensive medical care. 
Young women are missing vital appointments now which could be fatal. More than 
350,000 people die annually from HPV-related illnesses. Early prevention and 
treatment is key -- the world needs to step up."

IPVS is hosting a high-level panel featuring WHO'S Dr Princess Notembe Simelela 
amongst other distinguished speakers at 3pm GMT on 4th March to define how we 
can accelerate progress against HPV in the era of Covid-19, which the public 
and media are welcome to attend.

Approximately 20% of men have HPV DNA detected in their genital area, and cases 
are increasing every year, leading to deaths from anal, penile and throat 
cancers. Screening and treatment to prevent these cancers is not widely 

Dr Joel Palefsky, HPV Awareness Campaign Chair and expert on HPV-related cancer 
in men, said, "Quite rightly the focus has been on cervical cancer, the leading 
cause of death in women from HPV-related cancer. However, anal and throat 
cancers are becoming increasingly common, and men with HIV or immune 
suppression are particularly high risk. We need to dispel the stigma."

Notes to Editors

Sources: Professor Gordon Wishart, Chief Medical Officer,Check4Cancer, Eliminating cervical cancer in the COVID-19 era | Nature 
Cancer Delayed Cancer Screenings—A Second Look ( ( 

SOURCE: International Papillomavirus Society

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