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Today is World Cancer Day.

The Day is a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control which aims to save millions of preventable deaths yearly by raising awareness about the disease sparking more action.  Dr. Donna Turner from Cancer Care Manitoba says they are highlighting cervical cancer which is the second most common type of cancer in the world and how it is completely preventable because they realized in the last 10 or 20 years that the Human Papillomavirus or HPV is responsible for all cervical cancer and so this is something that Cancer Care Manitoba wants to get the word out about that here we actually have an opportunity to eliminate one kind of cancer, cervical cancer, because we know of the role with HPV and people may be aware that kids can get a vaccine at about grade six in Manitoba, both boy and girls, for HPV and that is designed to be part of their strategy to totally eliminate this kind of cancer.

             

Turner goes on to encourage women whether or not they’re vaccinated to get a pap test every three years to screen for the disease.

 

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