Australia is set to be the first country to eliminate cervical cancer, aided by its national vaccination and screening programs, says a new study.
The country is on track to meet the threshold of four or less new cases per 100,000 women each year, effectively eliminating the cancer by 2028, finds the new study published Wednesday.
The cancer could be classified as “rare” as early as 2022, meeting a threshold of six new cases per 100,000 and deaths due to the diseases are expected to decline to one new case per 100,000 women by 2034.
But this is all contingent on Australia’s high vaccination coverage and screening being maintained, write the study authors.
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