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Good News! 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. I cause of cancer related deaths amongst women in India (more than breast cancer). Every year, India loses 74000 women to Cervical cancer. Despite its high prevalence and mortality rate, it is now a preventable disease. Now, all it takes is a simple vaccination to protect these relationships. Take the first step; learn more on prevention of cervical 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. That is why, it is best to protect girls as early as possible. However, every women is at risk of cervical cancer, regardless of her age, The risk of infection begins in adolescence and continues into adult hood, hence every female from 10-45 years can get herself vaccinated.

How is cervical cancer detected ?

Cervical cancer generally shows no symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage. Pap smear and HPV Dna tests can only detect the early stages of cervical cancer. Remember, these tests 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 give as early as possible in 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.

Ask your doctor TODAY about vaccination against cervical cancer.

Dr. Akanksha Loomba, a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology and an Infertility-IVF Specialist, offers expert medical guidance and personalized solutions to women at all stages of reproductive health. Her extensive training in IVF-ICSI at the renowned Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Cleveland, U.S., along with specialized expertise in Endoscopy, USG, and Colposcopy, demonstrates her commitment to excellence in diagnostics and treatment. With a comprehensive understanding of hospital administration, Dr. Loomba ensures efficient and quality care at Madhuraj Hospital Pvt. Ltd.

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