Cervical cancer is responsible for 6 to 29% of all cancers happening in women. And it is one of the few cancers with the potential for complete elimination through vaccination.
Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV which is a sexually transmitted virus.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR HPV VACCINATION OR CERVICAL CANCER VACCINATION.
All women from ages 9 to 26 can get the HPV vaccine or cervical cancer vaccine to protect against different types of HPV that can cause cancer.
It’s recommended that the girls get the vaccine at age 11 or 12, so they’re fully protected years before they become sexually active.
WHO also recommends starting HPV vaccination as early as 9 years.
From years 27 through 45; the HPV vaccine is not as effective as when it is started early; as many of you will already be exposed to some variety of HPV, but still it is protective against other varieties. Your gynecologist will guide you further about this.
Dr. Dimple Doshi at Vardaan Hospital; believes prevention is better than cure, and thus apart from the precise treatment guidelines; preventive measures are an essential part of our consultations with the patients who have either had it or want to know more about it.
Like any other medicine; vaccines can have side effects. The common side effects are mild and get better in a day or two. These include:
To prevent fainting; your doctor will ask you to be seated or lying down during vaccination and 15 minutes after taking the shot.