Australia is on Track to Eliminate Cervical Cancer
In 2018 alone, more than 500,000 women across the globe were diagnosed with cervical cancer, making it the fourth most common cancer among women. But promising news has emerged out of Australia: it’s on track to become the first country in the world to effectively eliminate the disease, according to a new study published in the Lancet.
The new study has predicted the incidence of cervical cancer in Australia—where seven out of 100,000 women are currently diagnosed with the disease—will fall to fewer than six new cases out of 100,000 by 2020, a rate low enough for cervical cancer to be classified as rare. By 2028, the study found, there will be fewer than four new cases per 100,000 women; by 2066 the annual incidence of cervical cancer will be fewer than one new case per 100,000 women, reports Aisha Dow of the Sydney Morning Herald.
Australia is not the only developed country to witness dramatic decreases in cervical cancer rates. In the United States, for instance, the incidence of the disease dropped by 50 percent between 1975 and 2014, thanks to increases in screenings for cervical cancer. Data from 2011 to 2015 indicated that the number of new cases of cervical cancer was 7.4 per 100,000 women per year in the U.S