Forcing Aims to Eliminate Cervical Cancer
The Tennessee Cervical Cancer Elimination Task Force has announced the ambitious goal of eliminating cervical cancer by 2040 by raising public awareness of cervical cancer screening, researching the prevalence and burden of the disease in Tennessee and promoting strategies to provide affordable access to the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that prevents the infection that causes most cervical cancer.
"Most of the time, cervical cancer is preventable," said Health Commissioner Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D. "Use of the highly effective new cervical cancer vaccine coupled with regular screening for early detection make elimination of cervical cancer in Tennessee possible."
Sponsored by Representative Beverly Marrero and Former Senator Kathryn Bowers, the legislation to create the Task Force was passed by the General Assembly in 2006. The Task Force is a subcommittee of the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition, the goal of which is to reduce the cancer burden in the State of Tennessee. The Task Force will specifically address cervical cancer through a plan that details how to eliminate the disease.
"One of the first duties of the Task Force is to review research and data on how widespread cervical cancer is and what the detriment is to our state," said Chairperson Stephan Foster, Pharm. D., Associate Professor, UT College of Pharmacy.