On World Cancer Day 2020, the Partnership will announce heightened commitment to end cervical cancer in the country with the development of an Action Plan for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Canada.
The Partnership is leading the development and implementation of a Canadian plan to reach the World Health Organization (WHO)’s elimination goal in this country. The plan is to reach full HPV vaccination of boys and girls; to move to primary HPV testing plus other self-sampling in cervical screening programs and to ensure rigorous follow up when abnormalities are identified. This will advance women’s health and lead to the elimination of cervical cancer by 2040.
The action plan is currently in development with input from experts in HPV immunization and cervical screening, diagnosis and treatment, First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders and the perspectives of patients and the general public.
Cancer agencies and programs across the country are continuously looking to improve access to, and increase participation in, cervical cancer screening and prevention programs that they oversee. We look forward to helping to develop and implement an Action Plan for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Canada. We are excited to work with all our health system partners to make Canada a global leader in eliminating cervical cancer by 2040.
-Dr. Eshwar Kumar, Board Chair, Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA)
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