Pacific Cancer Programs

Cervical cancer prevention and screening

In this section you will find information, resources and tools developed for, by and with Pacific Islanders.  

1. HPV related topics

Publication of the ACOG Committee Opinion

In September 2013, an expert panel on cervical cancer screening in the U.S. Territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions met to explore screening strategies to improve the rates and efficacy of cervical cancer screening in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. This Committee Opinion summarizes the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists based on the deliberations and findings of the expert panel.

This Committee Opinion resulted from the Expert Panel on Cervical Cancer Screening in the US Territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions meeting in September, 2013. (link)

Read the Commitee Opinion by clicking >HERE<

Cervical Cancer Screening in the United States–Affiliated Pacific Islands: Options and Opportunities

Alan G. Waxman, MD, MPH, Lee E. Buenconsejo-Lum, MD, Miriam Cremer, MD, MPH, Sarah Feldman, MD, MPH, Kevin A. Ault, MD, Joanna M. Cain, MD, and Maria Lina Diaz, MD, and for the Expert Panel on Cervical Cancer Screening in the US Territories Pacific Island Jurisdictions

The aims of this article were (1) to educate health professionals interested in women's health and cancer prevention about the challenges of applying the standard US mode of cervical cancer screening in sparsely populated, geographically remote areas with unique cultural, economic, and sociopolitical environments and (2) to inform government agencies of accepted screening and management options that may offer these areas greater success in reducing the burden of disease in a resourceappropriate fashion.

Read the full article by clicking >HERE<

HPV tests: the key to universal screening for cervical cancer?

On September 10, the Cervical Cancer Action coalition conducted its most popular and well-attended webinar yet. The webinar featured five speakers:

  • Dr. Jose Jeronimo (moderator), Senior Advisor for Women's Cancers and Director of the Scale-Up project, PATH (USA)
  • Dr. Debbie Saslow, Director of Breast and Gynecologic Cancer, American Cancer Society (USA)
  • Dr. Silvina Arrossi, Scientific Coordinator, National Program on Cervical Cancer Prevention, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad/National Council for Scientific and Technologic Research (Argentina)
  • Dr. Carolyn Nakisige, Gynecologist, Mulago Teaching and National Referral Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gynaecological Oncology Unit (Uganda)
  • Dr. Joanna Cain, Professor and Vice-Chair, OB/GYN, and Director of Faculty Talent Management, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Chair of the World Health Organization Committee on the revision of Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control, WHO's new guide on cervical cancer control (USA)
  • Listen to the talks and view the slides on the Cervical Cancer Action website, that can be accessed by clicking >HERE<
  • Visual inspection of the cervix: Progress to date and the rationale for continued investment

    Excerpt from the article: Cervical cancer continues to be a public health problem in many developing countries despite the availability of effective preventive measures such as vaccination and screening. Visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) is a low-cost test that has now been validated for primary cervical cancer screening. Despite the advances in vaccination and more sensitive molecular tests, there are compelling reasons for continuing and even accelerating the investment in programmes based on VIA and precancer treatment.

    The article can be dowloaded in a pdf format by clicking >HERE<

    This article/chapter is from the free online resource, Cancer Control: Cancer Care in Emerging Health Systems. All of the 2014 chapters are available online, accessible by clicking >HERE<.

    International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

    The first step in cancer prevention is to identify the causes of human cancer, and what works in cancer prevention. In accordance with one of its fundamental missions the Agency prepares and distributes authoritative information on the causes and prevention of cancer throughout the world.

    •  IARC handbooks can be viewed online, by clicking >HERE<

    Managing HPV: Health Care Team Tool Kit

    This kit from the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals is designed to increase the awareness and knowledge of health care providers, frontline staff, business personnel, and educators about HPV, cervical cancer screening, the treatment of genital warts, and HPV vaccine.

    • Access the toolkit online by clicking >HERE<

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