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WHO has created a global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer
as a public health problem and a world burden. Cervical cancer is a disease that
can be prevented and cured, as long as it is detected early and treated effectively.
Cervical cancer is also a disease that reflects global injustice. The burden is
greatest in low- and middle-income countries, where access to public health
services is limited and screening and treatment for the disease has not been widely
applied. In 2018, nearly 90% of all deaths worldwide occurred in low and middle
income countries. Furthermore, the proportion of women with cervical cancer who
die from the disease is more than 60% in these countries, more than double the
number in many high-income countries, which is only 30%.