It is one of the most dangerous cancers affecting women after breast cancer. It is estimated that every eight minutes a woman dies of cervical cancer in India. The main reason for the high death rate is that many people are not able to recognize the symptoms of the disease in the early stages.
A vaccine is available today to prevent cervical cancer. Dr. explains what HPV vaccination is and its importance. Karthika Reddy Byreddy (Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad).
Human papillomavirus vaccination or HPV vaccination is of paramount importance for various reasons to help prevent cervical cancer. The doctor says that it is primarily effective in preventing HPV infection and reducing the risk of related cancers.
To fight cancer
Human papillomavirus is a virus that causes many types of cancer. Therefore, HPV vaccination can significantly reduce the risk of developing these cancers.
To prevent cervical cancer
Cervical cancer, which occurs mainly in women, is associated with certain types of human papillomavirus. Therefore, HPV vaccination prevents exposure to this virus and protects you from the risk of cervical cancer.
Protection for men and women
Health leadership is making it clear that both men and women should get this vaccine. Because it reduces the spread of the virus. It also reduces the risk of all HPV related diseases.
HPV causes genital wart-like growths in some people. It is both physically and mentally difficult. But HPV vaccination is beneficial in preventing such wart-like growths and improving overall sexual health.
Vaccination improves immunity by reducing the overall rate of spread of the virus.
When is the HPV vaccination?
The earlier the vaccine is given before intercourse, the more effective the vaccine works. Teens and young adults are most likely to benefit, as early sex increases the risk of cervical cancer. Health experts say that vaccination before first sexual intercourse is effective.
Many people still do not have a clear understanding of how cervical cancer develops, the virus that causes it, or the HPV vaccination. That is why the month of January is observed as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month to create awareness among people about it. In this way, public health can be ensured to a large extent by imparting knowledge about vaccination to the people. A person’s overall health is improved by preventing various diseases including cancer caused by HPV.
Many people hear about vaccination with skepticism. But HPV vaccine is given to people only after detailed tests. These vaccinations act as a deterrent in young adults and have been proven safe. Moreover, the HPV vaccine ensures long-term protection. Studies have shown persistent immunity for at least ten years after vaccination.
Creating awareness among people about the importance of HPV vaccination will enable people to get vaccinated sooner. Early vaccination is a critical step in reducing the spread of HPV-related diseases and cancers.