WHO hatched a plan last year to defeat cervical cancer worldwide. To track progress toward that ambitious goal, researchers published updated numbers on the disease’s toll in the Lancet Global Health.
Here’s what they found:
- There were 570,000 cases and 311,000 deaths worldwide last in 2018.
- The average age of diagnosis was 53.
- In 42 low-resource countries, it was the most common cancer in women.
- A third of the cervical cancer burden fell on China and India together.
Remarkably, 84% of cases occur in low-resource countries—relatively unchanged from a decade ago.
And this disparity extends to other illnesses. Thus, the alleviation of suffering and the disaggregation of data must be prioritized to address marginalized communities’ needs, notes an accompanying commentary.