From Ajit Gubbi, DO, Noted Gynecologic Oncologist

January 7, 2021

Not only is cervical cancer a preventable disease, when caught early, the gynecologic oncologists at OHC are helping women beat it. Now, a world-wide initiative is hoping to eliminate it.

In the US, cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death for women, but, in the last 40 years both the number of cases and deaths have decreased significantly due in large part to the number of women getting regular Pap tests. Still, the American Cancer Society estimated there would be roughly 13,800 new cases of invasive cervical cancer diagnosed and about 4,290 deaths from cervical cancer in 2020.

My colleagues and I at OHC were excited when The World Health Organization announced last month an ambitious initiative titled, “The Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer.”

The program focuses on increasing the number of young women being vaccinated, broadening deployment of effective screening, and providing greater access to timely treatment.

This is the first time 194 countries have ever committed to an initiative focused on elimination of a cancer.

While the world focuses on eliminating cervical cancer, OHC offers these steps you can do to help prevent it:

  • Get the HPV vaccine if you are eligible.
  • Be sure to have screening tests. Both the Pap test and the HPV tests are used to screen for cervical cancer.
  • Limit exposure to HPV. HPV can be transmitted though skin-to-skin contact.
  • Use a condom to provide some protection when having sex and limit your number of sexual partners. It is possible someone can have HPV for years but show no symptoms. They may pass on the infection unknowingly.

If you are diagnosed with cervical cancer, the gynecologic oncology experts at OHC offer the latest treatments and promising new treatments through their nationally recognized clinical trials program. Our cancer researchers are actively engaged in the search for the newest innovative treatments and committed to making them available for cancer patients here in Greater Cincinnati. For a list of clinical trials at OHC, or to request a second opinion, visit ohcare.com or call 1-888-649-4800.

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