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World Cancer Day 2020 - Together in the Fight against Cervical Cancer

7 February 2020, Vienna, Austria

World Cancer Day 2020

For access to the Vienna International Centre (VIC) and the event, please register here.

With an estimated 14 million new cases and 8 million cancer-related deaths each year, cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality globally.

Gynaecological cancers are among the leading causes of death in women. Cervical cancer represents a significant part of this burden. In 2018 cervical cancer accounted for 7.4% of all female cancer deaths worldwide. In the developing world, the situation is more dire where nearly 300,000 women die of cervical cancer annually. Most of these deaths could have been avoided if existing prevention and treatment interventions were available.

The IAEA supports Member States in using nuclear science and technology to better diagnose, treat and manage this disease. Nuclear techniques are becoming increasingly essential to support the proper management of cervical cancer patients, through a multidisciplinary medical approach.

To mark World Cancer Day 2020, the IAEA will hold an event highlighting the ways in which nuclear techniques can support the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer and help countries worldwide to achieve better disease management for their patients. This event will also emphasize the importance of effective cancer control programmes to save women’s lives.

The event, Together in the Fight against Cervical Cancer, will be opened by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. Experts will present cervical cancer cases to be followed by a panel discussion with high-level Member State and International Organization representatives highlighting the imperative role of partnerships to address the increasing burden of this disease on women and society.

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