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Cervical Cancer can now be prevented by Vaccination.
Protecting relationships is the very essence of womanhood, be it family or life itself. This protection is especially fierce when it comes to Cervical Cancer. Cervical Cancer is the No.1 cause of cancer related deaths amongst women in India (more than breast cancer).
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical Cancer is a cancer of the Cervix. The Cervix is located at the entrance of the uterus and prevents infections from reaching the uterus.
How does one get Cervical Cancer?
This cancer is not hereditary. Cervical Cancer is caused by infection with a virus - the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - which infects the Cervix. The virus is common and is transmitted through contact of the genital area. Preventing this viral infection is now possible through Vaccination.
Who is likely to get Cervical Cancer?
Younger women are at the highest risk of acquiring an HPV infection that might lead to Cervical Cancer in the future. However, every woman is at risk of Cervical Cancer, regardless of her age. That is why, it is best to protect girls as early as possible
How is Cervical Cancer detected?
Cervical Cancer generally shows no symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage.Pap Smear tests can only detect the early stages of Cervical Cancer. Remember, Pap Smears can only detect an HPV infection after it has happened; it cannot prevent the infection from happening in the first place.
Good News! Cervical Cancer can now be prevented.
- Vaccination can now prevent Cervical Cancer long before it happens.
- Vaccination works by making the body produce antibodies against the virus. These antibodies protect the body from an HPV infection, by fighting the virus when it attacks the Cervix.
- By protecting the Cervix from an HPV infection, Vaccination offers protection against Cervical Cancer
Who should take the Vaccine?
The Vaccine is best given as early as possible to adolescent girls as this is when the best immune response to the Vaccine is achieved. However, since all women remain at risk of Cervical Cancer, ask your doctor if the Vaccination is suitable for you too.
How is the Vaccine given? Is it safe?
The Vaccine is given in 3 doses/injections over a period of 6 months. The Vaccine is safe and well-tolerated. Like with other vaccines, mild reactions such as slight fever or swelling may be seen after this Vaccination.