A professor from Australia believes he has found the cure for cervical cancer in women. Professor Nigel McMillan teachers at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia and is into cancer research for years. Cervical cancer is highly common in women from almost all countries of the world. That is why the major area of his research was to find a cure for cervical cancer.
. The American Cancer Society estimates 13,170 new cases of invasive cervical cancer in the United States for 2019. It also makes an assumption that nearly 4,250 women will die from cervical cancer this year.
One treatment plan for all major types of cancer
This treatment plan showed 100% accurate results during the animal testing phase. Now the research team is planning to test it on humans.
Professor McMillan and his research team from Griffith University are working on finding a cure for cervical cancer for years. In this experiment, the treatment strategy is to attack the gene that causes this cancer to initiate. Blocking the gene doesn’t let the cancer cells grow and eventually, cancer dies.
The good thing about this new procedure is that it only kills cancer cells. Other healthy cells are not affected by it. Now, it is only a few steps close to launching tests on human models.
Professor McMillan is hopeful that this same treatment plan will show positive results on other types of cancer too.
It may be highly effective for leukemia, lung cancer, and brain cancer. The only thing that it requires is to identify the gene. Once they know it, it is easier to target it and prevent cancer to spread.
Comprehensive approach for treating cervical cancer
World Health Organization says that cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in women. There were more than 570,000 new cases in the year 2018 alone. It has a high mortality rate worldwide and approximately 90% of deaths from cervical cancer are from low- and middle-income areas of the world.
The only way to reduce the high mortality rate is by following a comprehensive approach including prevention, timely diagnosis, screening tests, and treatment strategies. There are no such vaccines for cervical cancer in women but there are vaccines available against common cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus. The doctors advise all females to receive this vaccine and it will significantly reduce the risk of cervical cancer globally.
To prevent and control the spread of cervical cancer, WHO recommends using multi-disciplinary interventions all life long. Multiple factors such as basic health education, social mobilization, compulsory vaccination, screening test availability, better treatment plans, and palliative care all help to control the high incidence of cervical cancer. It is even possible to avoid all deaths if better interventions are available to all women worldwide. That includes vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV) in adolescent girls.
Currently, there are 7 UN agencies under the United Nations Task Force on NCDs are working on a collaborative program to prevent and control cervical cancer worldwide. At an early stage, cervical cancer is treatable with surgery. But it may remove the womb through a hysterectomy. Another option for early stag cervical cancer is radiotherapy in combination with chemotherapy.