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After two years of media alert on the COVID-19 pandemic, which unfortunately has caused so many deaths, the service proposed by IIW President Ebe Martines Panitteri reminds us that women can also die of other terrible diseases.
She has brought our attention to cervical cancer, a disease affecting women worldwide, especially in developing countries where prevention and vaccinations are rarely practiced. The alarm came from the IW Clubs of the Philippines, which is very serious. In Europe, cervical cancer occupies the fourth position among the most common cancers.
The Presidents of the three Trento IW Clubs D206 Italy - Angela Mazza Colella (IW Club of Trento), Loredana Bettonte Defant (IW Club of Trento Castello), and Carmen Sacchiero Ballotta (IW Club of Rovereto) – agreed to bring this vital issue to the local public attention, highlighting the data published by the Italian Ministry of Health.
These data show that in the D206, the vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV), the leading cause of cervical cancer, had reached a significant coverage among the young population in recent years, oscillating between 65% and 75%. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the percentage of vaccinations and control tests has suffered a dangerous drop in the last two years. Therefore, it appears worthwhile and necessary to raise the voice on this issue and create awareness to foster prevention and increase vaccination coverage, especially among young people.
The initiative of the three IW Clubs has been published by the leading local newspapers, “L’Adige” and the two online newspapers, “L’Adigetto” and “Opinione.” We hope local authorities, who have always been attentive to health monitoring, will respond to our solicitation to resume the information and vaccination campaign to prevent cervical cancer.