USask research team part of project to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada

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Thirty-two-year-old cervical cancer patient Amanda Niebergall was diagnosed in 2018 at Stage 4 after several months of feeling unwell and not knowing why. Photo: Submitted by Amanda Niebergall

(Brady Ratzlaff/ Global News) — A research team at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), as well as the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN), are joining forces for a project that seeks to eliminate cervical cancer.

The project is being funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) totalling $1.6 million.

The goal is to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada by 2040.

USask College of Medicine professor Dr. Cory Neudorf says there are school programs throughout the country which focus on preventing contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), which has been found to be one of the major causes of the disease.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. The finding has opened the window for the possibility of eliminating cervical cancer. (…)

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