According to The Australian Financial Review, Australia is poised to give the world a masterclass in eliminating a cancer that causes extreme suffering and death for women across the globe. It is aiming to eliminate cancer of the cervix in seven years, an extraordinary goal given the World Health Organisation’s target is for worldwide elimination in 70 years.
While Australia’s health authorities have a strategy in place and look to be on track, they are acutely aware the path ahead has challenges. Everyone involved in the quest knows there is much work still to do.
Two years ago, through the leading journal, The Lancet Public Health, Australia suggested it could eliminate this cancer somewhere between 2028 and 2035. The modelling was led by Professor Karen Canfell, director of the Daffodil Centre, a partnership between Cancer Council NSW and the University of Sydney.
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