The Belize Cancer Society is working to eliminate the HPV and Cervical Cancer
The National Cervical Cancer Committee and the Ministry of Health and Wellness are working with the private sector to reduce and prevent cervical cancer. Today, the organization, in light of World Cancer Day, celebrated on February 4, held a meeting to discuss the dangers of Human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer. The ministry of health explained that preventative measures such as HPV vaccines and testing have significantly improved. Belizean men, women, and children are now able to access the vaccine and testing free of cost at any public health facility. Health CEO, Dr. Julio Sabido, explained that the push is a part of the ministry’s goal of reducing cervical cancer in the population.
Nurse Laura Tucker-Longsworth, President of the Belize Cancer Society, explained that today an informal pledge was signed by 10 organizations to provide their employees and members with free testing. She also spoke about the need to ensure our youth are educated and vaccinated.
Dr. Natalia Beer, the Ministry of Health’s Director of Maternal and Child Health, says that she is imploring parents to get themselves and their kids vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer.