Eliminating Cervical Cancer


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.

Centering the patient perspective

It is imperative to continue to draw on the insight of cervical cancer survivors, advocates, and individuals with lived experience. By hearing from those directly affected, gaps in prevention and care that might otherwise remain unheard can be identified. Hear from Natasha Lam, Patient & Family Advisor 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 .