According to the American Cancer Society, the United States will have approximately 14,000 new cases of cervical cancer and 4,300 deaths from the disease in 2023. Further, the percentage of people overdue for their cervical cancer screening is growing, and, alarmingly, late-stage cases are on the rise.
In an opinion piece published on CNN.com marking Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Denise Howard, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, and Dr. Eloise Chapman-Davis, director of gynecologic oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, make the case that nearly all cervical cancer cases can be eliminated — and give concrete steps for how to make that a reality.
“We have the tools to prevent cervical cancer but fail to use them effectively,” they write, noting advancements in screenings and the HPV vaccine. “It’s time for a full-scale offensive focused on all fronts to make cervical cancer a disease of the past.”
Read their CNN.com opinion piece here.