Vaccines are a significant invention in healthcare. Vaccines help to prevent many diseases from spreading. The likelihood of contracting the disease drops as more people get vaccinated. Some vaccines are effective in preventing certain cancers. These are the facts regarding cervical cancer and HPV vaccine.
What is HPV?
HPV, also known as human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmissible disease. Your risk is greatest if you have been involved in sexual activity, even in monogamous relationships. According to estimates, about 5% of Americans are at-risk.Three out of four Canadians have a sexually active lifestyleInfected individuals will get at least one HPV-related infected infection during their lifetime. It is possible to become infected without any symptoms, and it is easy to spread it unknowingly. Some people can clear the infection on their own. Others may require help. This can have serious consequences.Cervical canceror any other HPV-related cancers.
HPV is responsible for nearly 100 percent of cervical cancer cases.
Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in Canadian women aged 20 to 40. Every year, some 1,400 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in Canada. Precancerous or abnormal cervical lesions can develop in women who have been infected with certain HPV types. These abnormal cells can be detected by Pap testing. If the cells aren’t treated or diagnosed early, cervical cancer could develop.
Spoiler Alert! You are not immortal.
Heather*, a 27 year-old mother of two, was diagnosed with cervical cancer shortly after giving birth. It was shocking, to put it mildly. I was in the midst my greatest happiness. When you reach your twenties, you think you are invincible. It is possible to reach the peak of happiness.
Heather works to raise awareness about HPV-related cancers. There are vaccines that can help you protect against certain types of cancer.
HPV vaccines, such as GARDASIL(r),9, may help protect you against certain HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers. You may be eligible for insurance coverage to cover HPV vaccinations. Or, you can get it free through the government’s public immunization program. Check with your insurance provider to learn more about your options. The province, territory, and age are all factors that affect public coverage.
Do what you can to take control. To prevent cervical cancer, get vaccinated if your age is between 18 and 45.