Urgent Advice: Cervical Cancer Immunization

For the most part, gynaecological cancers can be treated for cure. As with the majority of solid tumour cancers, if gynaecologic cancers are discovered at an early stage, surgery can be curative, and other treatments, such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy may be given post-operatively to consolidate treatment. All modalities of treatment can be considered in order to palliate symptoms and control disease growth, even if a cure is not possible. As such, a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of gynaecologic cancers is necessary.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) has been identified as the etiologic agent driving much of the neoplasia observed in the lower female reproductive tract. Combined with the advent of vaccination, will likely have sweeping repercussions on the incidence of cervical, vulvar, and vaginal carcinoma.

The current advice is that children from the age 12 to 13 years should be vaccinated for the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

It is recommended that women of child bearing age should also screen for the HPV virus to be immunized and prevent the onset of Cervical Cancers.

In England there is already a universal programme in place where all boys and girls aged 12-13 will be offered the first of the 2-part vaccination in year 8 at school with the 2nd dose about 6-12 months later. 

The vaccine is effective at stopping people getting the high-risk types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers, along with some anal, genital, mouth and throat (head & neck) cancers. It is important to have both the doses to be properly protected.

Buy original immunization kits from our Pharmacist friend Hope-Lima Yakubu-Bello at her Lolana Pharmacy Store in Gbagada.

They can also probably deliver at a cost!

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