Are You at Risk of Getting Cervical Cancer?
Girls between the ages of 12-26 are recommended to be vaccinated in order to prevent HPV infection. Gardasil and Cervarix are the two currently available vaccines. They provide immunity from HPV types 16 and 18, which are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. Three doses are needed over a six-month period.
Pap smears should still be done even after receiving the vaccine. This is because you can still get infected by a subtype of HPV that is not covered by the vaccine. It is also important to remember that not everyone reacts to the vaccine in the same way.
It is important to educate women about this condition and encourage them to get screened. The combination of an HPV vaccine and regular Pap screening is highy efficient in preventing cervical cancer. Women in developing countries are often reluctant to get medical advice and proper testing due to certain cultural factors. They must be educated in a sensitive manner about the importance of prevention to ensure better quality of life.