World Health Organization Western Pacific Region

Preventing cervical cancer in Lao People's Democratic Republic

A Lao woman selling toys in Vientiane.
WHO/C. McNab

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic does not have a cancer registry, but the World Health Organization estimates that about 500 Lao women get cervical cancer each year, and more than half of these die. Globally, about 70% of cervical cancers are attributed to two types of human papillomavirus. The vaccine prevents infection with these two virus types.

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