The need for public education on HPV and cervical cancer prevention in Asia Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • Asia accounts for more than half of all cases of cervical cancer registered globally and improving prevention is urgently needed. A range of tools and strategies is now available to effectively prevent this disease, including two new prophylactic HPV vaccines approved and recommended for adolescents and young women. However, without communication these tools may have little impact on disease burden. The conferences of the Asia Oceania Research Organisation in Genital Infection and Neoplasia (AOGIN) bring together clinicians and scientists whose work is related to genital infections, particularly HPV, cervical dysplasia and neoplasia, as well as other anogenital cancers, with the aim of improving communication on prevention through human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and screening in Asian countries. The scope of this year's AOGIN conference was to extend education to include health workers, family doctors, paediatricians, governmental health agencies, and the general public through patients' testimonials that can reach out to women raising awareness of this silent disease. Community based initiatives and awareness campaigns were also reported, and can empower the people to engage in a dialog with local governments towards prioritization of cancer prevention programs, achieving more for the public than isolated actions. Parents and teachers are encouraged to communicate about these issues within families and schools. Evidence was discussed that males can participate in cervical cancer control as well, and prevention programs involving men should not be neglected as they may reduce genital disease burden in women. Opinion leaders proposed prevention measures to be considered for governmental decisions. While each country develops a locally appropriate policy for cervical cancer control there is a need to revise these programs regularly, as knowledge increases in response to public need, as well as to gather evidence about disease burden and the effectiveness of education and interventions. In conclusion, AOGIN is committed to improve communication with patients, health authorities, professional organizations and opinion leaders towards strengthening cervical cancer prevention in Asia, to achieve a timely steep reduction in this cancer.

authors

  • Garland, S
  • Park, SN
  • Ngan, HYS
  • Frazer, I
  • Tay, EH
  • Chen, CJ
  • Bhatla, N
  • Pitts, M
  • Shin, HR
  • Konno, R
  • Smith, J
  • Pagliusi, S
  • Park, JS

publication date

  • October 2008