Cancer

Cancer is the most important cause of death and morbidity in Europe after cardiovascular diseases. Cancer is in many cases avoidable, and early detection increases the chance of cure substantially. WHO/Europe assists countries to develop national programmes for cancer control. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the WHO body that specializes in this field. It coordinates and conducts research on causes and develops scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control.

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HPV vaccination: protecting girls now from cervical cancer in their future

Cervical cancer profoundly changes a women’s life and her future. Over 28 000 women die every year in the WHO European Region of cervical cancer, and many more suffer long-term health consequences. On International Day of the Girl, 11 October, WHO/Europe focuses on the vital role vaccination plays in stopping cervical cancer and thereby protecting girls’ lives and their full future potential.

In focus

1 in 100 women in Europe will develop cervical cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the primary cause of cervical cancer. It is a highly contagious infection that is transmitted through sexual or skin-to-skin contact.

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Key resource

International Agency for Research on Cancer

Agency to promote international collaboration in cancer research

Data and statistics

20%

The percentage of deaths caused by cancer in the European Region


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