‘Cervical cancer is preventable, HPV vaccine must’

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The jab could have the potential to prevent 99.8% of infections. More

With the cancer risk decreasing with age, women aged 25-to-49 are generally invited every three years, while those between 50 and 64 are called up every five years.

The HPV vaccine could nearly eradicate the risk of cervical cancer in young women, research suggests. State statistics show that women without insurance are less likely to get lifesaving preventive care services such as cancer screenings.

It is too soon for the vaccine to have stopped most cases of actual cancer, which may take decades to develop so is more common among older people.

More than 3,000 women are being diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, including around 400 cases among those aged 25 to 29.

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"95% of cervical cancer diagnosis is attributed to lack of knowledge and failure to undergo pap smear screening, hence, the reason for Chain Reactions Nigeria partnering the St. Ives Healthcare group".

"A Smear in Time Saves My Woman' will feature an awareness campaign tagged #SmearMyWoman, and an activation part dubbed "100% Cervical FREE" that will deliver free cervical screening to 100 less privileged girls and women who otherwise might not be able to afford the test. This is a truly momentous achievement, but to ensure we consign this disease to the past we must keep vaccination rates high and continue to provide safe and acceptable screening for all women".

The vaccine is recommended for both men and women beginning at age 11.

In the United Kingdom, women aged 25-to-64 who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for a smear test. She said: "I was young and healthy and hadn't experienced any symptoms, so to be told I had cervical cancer took me completely by surprise". Today's Grade 6 students receive a different version of the vaccine, which protects against 90 per cent of cervical cancers. The women in the study received the quadrivalent vaccine, known to be effective against 70 per cent of cervical cancers.

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"We have a vaccine that's going to prevent cancer".

Once infected, via sexual contact, most fight off the virus naturally.

"So it's estimated as many as 90-95 percent of people in the US have a strain of HPV".

Despite this, more than 20 per cent of women invited for screening do not attend.

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The removed area is then sent off for tests to determine the extent of the cell abnormalities.

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