Eliminating HPV-Caused Cancers and Diseases in Europe: Case for Action

10 December 2019

The publication sets out evidence base for policy actions on HPV caused cancers. The European Cancer Organisation is calling for urgent evidence-based action to eliminate cancers and diseases caused by HPV by the EU and all governments throughout the WHO European region.

Key points raised in the document include:

  • HPV-caused diseases can be prevented by vaccination, ideally before exposure to the virus.
  • Vaccination is most effective if provided to both sexes. However, most countries in Europe do not yet vaccinate boys.
  • Vaccination uptake remains low in some countries and needs to be improved.
  • Cervical cancer screening is provided in most EU countries, but not all. Most countries do not yet offer HPV testing, now recognised to be the most effective screening method.