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'By 2030, effective strategies to eliminate cancers caused by HPV as a public health problem should be implemented in all European countries.'

This was the resolution passed by more than 300 cancer community stakeholders at the 2019 European Cancer Summit.

Accompanied by a recommended Action Plan to support the resolution’s achievement, this emphatic expression of consensus on the opportunity to eliminate a group of cancers marked the starting point of the European Cancer Organisation’s HPV Action Network.

Prof Daniel Kelly outlined the opportunity for the Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to adopt the inspiring goal of eliminating HPV caused cancers in Europe during the ENVI Health Working Group meeting. More information here.

An early output of the Network on formation was the launch of a compelling 'Case for Action' in the European Parliament, kindly supported by Professor Véronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP (Renew Europe, France), Vice-Chair of the MEPs Against Cancer Group. The Case for Action expands on the unique current opportunity to eliminate the cancers caused by HPV as a public health problem by evidencing the known actions that can be taken on vaccination, screening, treatment, and education in all countries.

HPV causes almost every case of cervical cancer and also many cases of anal, penile, vaginal, vulval, oropharyngeal and other cancers. It also causes genital warts and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP), a rare but disabling breathing disorder.

As the World Health Organization takes forward a new global strategy for cervical cancer elimination, the HPV Action Network urges Europe to show leadership to the world by embracing this inspiring agenda and making HPV cancer elimination a formal European shared goal. Although the Network is seeking change across the WHO European Region, the forthcoming EU Beating Cancer Plan presents an early opportunity for progress to be made.

Co-chaired by Professor Daniel Kelly, European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS), and Professor Rui Medeiros, Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), the Network focuses on four aspects critical to the achievement of the HPV cancer elimination aspiration:

  • Vaccination
  • Screening
  • Treatment
  • Education and Awareness

On 7 October 2020, the European Cancer Organisation published a major new report, Viral Protection: Achieving the Possible. A Four Step Plan for Eliminating HPV Cancers in Europe. This sets out a four-step plan for eliminating HPV cancers in Europe and will form the basis for advocacy work over the next year. We are urging the European Commission to take action in its new Beating Cancer Plan.

The Co-Chairs of the Network hosted a session “Viral Protection: Achieving the Possible. The elimination of HPV cancers in Europe” at the European Cancer Summit on 18 & 19 November 2020. More information is available here.

Follow the HPV Action Network activities on @HPVAction Twitter account. 

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