According to The Lancet, a public health journal, Australia may be the first country to eradicate cervical cancer if the current vaccination and screening rates are maintained.
The study predicted a sharp fall in cases of the disease.
“By 2022, cervical cancer rates are predicted to drop to less than six cases per 100,000 people and thus be classified as rare cancer,’’ it says.
The models of the initiative revealed the rates of cervical cancer will continue to drop to below the ‘elimination’ threshold of four new cases per 100,000 by the year 2035.
The researchers credited the success of the program to nationwide programs geared towards fighting the disease.
Australia was one of the first countries in the world to introduce HPV vaccination for girls which was later extended to boys in 2007.
World Health Organization (WHO) had rated cervical cancer the most common cancer in the world and the most common cause of death among women of Sub-Saharan origin.