Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month

Henrietta Strickland
January 17, 2020

The survey of 104,313 women, led by Dr Carrie Innes and Associate Professor Peter Sykes from the University of Otago, Christchurch and published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, shows the HPV vaccination has led to a significant reduction in high-grade cervical abnormalities in women, especially those vaccinated prior to 18 years of age.

Casper-Natrona's Health Department and Wyoming Cancer Resource Services are encouraging women to get cervical cancer screening during the January cervical cancer month. "Early detection helps to identify and treat cancer in the early and early stages in more curable stages".

HPV causes cervical cancer and is the fourth most common type of cancer in women, with almost all cases of cervical cancer (99%) can be attributable to HPV infection, the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract.

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination will be added within a year to the immunisation schedule of Qatar, after completing relevant studies. In 2009, the HPV vaccination programme was extended to girls and young women born from 1992 onwards. The vaccine can be given as early as age 9 and up to age 26. "HPV vaccination reduces a person's risk of developing HPV cancer, including cervical cancer, or spreads HPV to others who may develop cervical cancer".

Cervical cancer is considered to be the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent with regular screening and follow up. "Being your own advocate and getting your checkups is really important". The Casper-Natrona County Health Department and the Wyoming Cancer Resource Services program also offer a free HPV vaccination program.

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