Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths among women in Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, of the 80,000 new cases and 36,000 cervical cancer deaths reported in the Americas in 2008 alone, Latin American and Caribbean countries accounted for the vast majority.
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.