The European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA) launched the week of cervical cancer in order to raise awareness for cervical cancer and its prevention. Every year 250,000 women worldwide die of cervical cancer, while the disease often can be prevented by effective screening and vaccination. Many women, however, know very little about this disease and many countries in Europe have no (or insufficient) prevention programs.
The Netherlands offers a well-organised prevention examination. Each year approximately 800,000 women in the Netherlands are invited to have themselves examined. Every woman residing in the nation between 30 and 60 years old is offered a free Pap smear at their own General Practitioner once every five years.
Compared to the rest of Europe, cervical cancer is less common in our country. This is partly due to a well-organised and free prevention examination.
More information (in Dutch) can be found at: