Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths among women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Of the 80,000 new cases and 36,000 cervical cancer deaths reported in the Americas each year, Latin American and Caribbean countries account for the vast majority.
In January 2007, Sabin joined forces with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a comprehensive study of HPV epidemiological data in Latin America, in an attempt to address this alarming global health concern.
At its debut 2 years ago, a vaccine that pre-vents cervical cancer was heralded as a public health breakthrough that could poten-tially save millions of women’s lives. Yet although the vaccine is now given routinely to young girls in the United States and Europe, it hasn’t been deployed in poorer countries, where it could make a bigger difference.