Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the Caribbean. Not only does cervical cancer disproportionately affects poorer women, but it affects women during their most productive years. It is estimated that 60% of cancer deaths in the Caribbean in 2008 occurred in women under 65 years of age. And if present trends continue, cervical cancer deaths are projected to increase to over 3,500 by 2030 in the region.
Dr. Glennis Andall-Brereton, epidemiologist at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), states that approximately half of all cervical cancer cases can be treated or prevented if detected early with the human papilloma vaccine (HPV).