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 . . .