Saved from the Unknown

Professor Ian Frazer (who developed the HPV vaccine) and nurse give vaccinations in Port Vila. FILE photo

One in four women with cervical cancer live in what the World Health Organisation (WHO) defines as the ‘Western Pacific Region’, a collection of Asia and Pacific Island states and territories.

An estimated 145,700 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2020 says WHO. And of those, 74,900 died from what is a largely preventable disease.

 It is the second most common cancer in Melanesia and the sixth in Polynesia.

These alarming statistics . . .

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