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GCR partner COCIR hosts online event to mark International HPV Awareness Day

To mark International HPV Awareness Day, the Global Coalition for Radiotherapy’s partner, COCIR, is hosting an online event on Thursday, March 9, 2023. The event "Towards Eradicating Cervical Cancer" will feature a keynote address by Partha Basu, Head of Early Detection at WHO/IARC, and a panel discussion. Agenda as follows:

  • Welcome by COCIR President Bernt Bieber

  • Keynote speech: Partha Basu, Head of Early Detection at WHO/IARC

  • Best Practice in cervical cancer HPV screening: The Spanish experience - by Dr. Marcial Garcia-Rojo, Hospital Puerta del Mar, Cadiz

  • Best Practice in cervical cancer treatment - by Prof. Dr. Primoz Petric, Zurich University Hospital

Panel Discussion
  • Domenico Fiorenza, Directorate for Public Health, Cancer and Health Security, European Commission

  • Wendy Yared, Director of ECL

  • Kristyna Kralova, Czech Health advisor [TBC]

  • Dr. Marcial Garcia-Rojo and Prof. Dr. Primoz Petric

Concluding remarks by COCIR Secretary General Annabel Seebohm

International HPV Awareness Day is Saturday, March 4, 2023. The aim of this day is to spread awareness and educate people about this common, but potentially cancer-causing virus. COCIR's special webinar will focus on cervical cancer HPV screening, sometimes referred to as a pap or smear test. According to HPV Awareness Day partners, early identification of HPV and cell changes make it much easier to treat cervical cancer and improve outcomes for patients.

The event will be held online from 14:00 to 16:00 CET. To register, click below or email


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