Eliminating Cervical Cancer

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Cervical cancer continues to impact the lives of thousands of people in Canada and hundreds of thousands around the world. Yet it is almost entirely preventable and highly curable when found and treated early I ii. The World Health Organization has set the goal to eliminate cervical cancer worldwide this century and Canada is committed to achieving this by 2040i iii. In Canada, plans are underway to implement the Action Plan for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Canada. 2020-2030 (Action Plan), which includes driving forward partnerships across Canada to improve equitable access to high quality prevention and care. This resource reports on progress towards the elimination of cervical cancer in Canada. Available data shows the current state and progress towards the Action Plan’s goal and targets. Case studies and stories of progress are included to demonstrate progress in reducing inequities and on actions identified by First Nations, Inuit and Metis.

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First Nations, Inuit and Metis partners identified three Peoples-specific priorities to address the specific inequities that First Nations, Inuit and Metis may experience as a result of historic and ongoing impacts of colonization. These priorities are informed by and layered onto the priorities related to improving HPV immunization rates, implementing HPV primary screening and improving

follow-up of HPV positive screening results. Several First Nations, Inuit and Metis partners are leading efforts to address these longstanding barriers and inequities and improve cervical cancer prevention .

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First Nations, Inuit and Metis partners identified three Peoples-specific priorities to address the specific inequities that First Nations, Inuit and Metis may experience as a result of historic and ongoing impacts of colonization. These priorities are informed by and layered onto the priorities related to improving HPV immunization rates, implementing HPV primary screening and improving

follow-up of HPV positive screening results. Several First Nations, Inuit and Metis partners are leading efforts to address these longstanding barriers and inequities and improve cervical cancer prevention .