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J Low Genit Tract Dis ; 2022 May 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1831484


OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to estimate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the practice of cervical cancer screening in European countries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 3 rounds e-survey was conducted among the 31 European Federation for Colposcopy member countries during 2020. Each representative was asked to answer to each questionnaire for their own country. Questionnaires were not anonymous. The first questionnaire was sent in April 2020 and second and third in June and December 2020, respectively. RESULTS: Twenty five of the 31 European countries solicited responded. A total of 19 countries (70.4%) reported that screening for cervical cancer was suspended at least once during the 3 rounds of questionnaires. In addition, 11 countries reported stopping colposcopy and treatments for cervical precancerous lesions at least once during the 3 rounds of questionnaires. These situations evolved with time, with the highest rate of countries recommending suspension of screening, colposcopy, and treatments during the second round of the survey. At round 3, no country recommended screening, colposcopy, and treatment, and 12 countries (57.5%) reported normal screening was fully implemented. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest massive disruption in cervical cancer screening programs across Europe resulting from COVID-19 pandemic. Increase in the incidence of cervical cancer is to be expected.

Int J Cancer ; 148(2): 277-284, 2021 01 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-635339


The age-standardised incidence of cervical cancer in Europe varies widely by country (between 3 and 25/100000 women-years) in 2018. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage is low in countries with the highest incidence and screening performance is heterogeneous among European countries. A broad group of delegates of scientific professional societies and cancer organisations endorse the principles of the WHO call to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem, also in Europe. All European nations should, by 2030, reach at least 90% HPV vaccine coverage among girls by the age of 15 years and also boys, if cost-effective; they should introduce organised population-based HPV-based screening and achieve 70% of screening coverage in the target age group, providing also HPV testing on self-samples for nonscreened or underscreened women; and to manage 90% of screen-positive women. To guide member states, a group of scientific professional societies and cancer organisations engage to assist in the rollout of a series of concerted evidence-based actions. European health authorities are requested to mandate a group of experts to develop the third edition of European Guidelines for Quality Assurance of Cervical Cancer prevention based on integrated HPV vaccination and screening and to monitor the progress towards the elimination goal. The occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, having interrupted prevention activities temporarily, should not deviate stakeholders from this ambition. In the immediate postepidemic phase, health professionals should focus on high-risk women and adhere to cost-effective policies including self-sampling.

Alphapapillomavirus/immunology , Papillomavirus Infections/immunology , Papillomavirus Vaccines/immunology , Public Health/methods , Uterine Cervical Neoplasms/prevention & control , Adolescent , Adult , Alphapapillomavirus/physiology , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19/virology , Early Detection of Cancer , Europe , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Papillomavirus Infections/prevention & control , Papillomavirus Infections/virology , Papillomavirus Vaccines/administration & dosage , Public Health/standards , Public Health/statistics & numerical data , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Uterine Cervical Neoplasms/diagnosis , Uterine Cervical Neoplasms/immunology , Vaccination/methods , World Health Organization , Young Adult
Int J Gynecol Cancer ; 30(8): 1097-1100, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-505825