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Advocates ask lawmakers to end deaths from cervical cancer globally

Check out ACS CAN's new video on the issue

Twelve ACS CAN volunteers were on Capitol Hill on Feb. 11 to ask Congress to act to end deaths from cervical cancer globally. It is currently the primary cause of cancer-related death among women in 42 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

new video was launched yesterday on the ACS CAN website that highlights the issue.

Through dedicating a portion of U.S. global health funding to improve access to preventive vaccinations, screenings, and cervical cancer treatment in LMICs, eliminating deaths from cervical cancer can be realized. 

Last year ACS CAN released a report that takes an in-depth look at the growing burden of cervical cancer in LMICs. The report, shared with members of Congress, lays out the leading role the U.S. government could play, in coordination with other international efforts, in ending death from cervical cancer around the world.

The following is a statement from Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN:

“No woman has to die from cervical cancer. Tremendous progress has been made in the United States in the fight against this disease over the past 30 years, resulting in cervical cancer death rates dropping by more than 50 percent domestically. In contrast, incidence rates are exponentially higher in other areas around the world, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Today cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for women in 42 countries. These high rates of cervical cancer around the globe clearly illustrate the need for timely action.

“ACS CAN is proud to be one of the leading advocacy organizations pushing for U.S.-led investment to end cervical cancer deaths globally. Congress has a significant role to play in the fight against cervical cancer and we hope lawmakers will continue to see the value in this vital campaign.”

Advocates targeted particular legislators because of their Committee assignments and role in Congress as leaders in matters of global health.  

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