Testimony Submitted to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, for Fiscal Year 2018 in support of a proposed statutory proviso that would encourage the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to take steps toward eliminating cervical cancer deaths worldwide.
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We can end death from cervical cancer
Ninety percent of all cervical cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in 38 of these countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
At the current rate, deaths from cervical cancer will rise nearly 66 percent by 2030.
265,700 Women die from cervical cancer every year worldwide.2
WITHOUT ACTION ...
443,000 Women will die from this illness annually by 2030.3
Women are essential to the development and well-being of our communities. No woman has to die from cervical cancer.
Despite the 527,600 new cases of cervical cancer every year, U.S. global health funding ignores the problem.
Less than 1/2 of 1% of funding goes toward cervical cancer annually.4
Death from cervical cancer is preventable through vaccination, screening and treatment.
The World Health Organization reports that the tools to prevent cervical cancer deaths are cost-e ective forms of cancer prevention.5
It costs $13 to fully immunize a girl6 and $20 to screen and treat a woman7.
We can prevent a young woman from dying from cervical cancer for less than the cost of a pair of jeans!
What can we do?
Advocate for scaled-up vaccination, screening and treatment services.
Support the integration of HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening and treatment into existing U.S. global health programs.
Visit fightcancer.org/globalcervical to join us.
- Global Cancer Facts & Figures 3rd Edition. Atlanta. American Cancer Society; 2015. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-...
- OECD, DAC Creditor Reporting Service, 2016