Bringing Prevention to a Higher Level

Bringing Prevention to a Higher Level

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prevention is better than cure
One of the most common clichs used in the medical field is Prevention is better than cure This same phrase has led to the development of vaccines. There are vaccines to almost all infections like Diphtheria, Pertusis, Tetanus, Polio, Tuberculosis and many more. Vaccines do not abolish an infection completely but it decreases its frequency and intensity. Because it decreases the cost of health care, vaccines for various infections have been introduced into the National Health Programme of many countries. A relatively new vaccine to prevent cervical cancer is now available.

Cervical cancer is a cancer which affects 5-10% of women worldwide. When this cancer causes symptoms in the affected individual, it is usually at a very late stage. Due to this, cervical cancer is the deadliest cancer present. The cause of most cancers are not fully understood. However, the cause of cervical cancer is known. It is caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus which is transmitted sexually.
The Human Papilloma virus resides in the cervix, causing structural changes to the cervix. These changes lead to cancer. The vaccine for cervical cancer works by preventing infection of the cervix by the human papilloma virus and hence prevents the formation of cancer.

There are two vaccines for Human Papilloma Virus- Gardasil and Cervarix. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Gardasil claims to prevent Cervical cancer by 99 percent while cervarix prevent cervical cancer by 90.9 percent. However, The immunity provided by Gardasil does not last long, hence repeated booster doses may be required. Both vaccines are given 3 times at months 0, 1 and 6. So if the first shot is given in January, the second one is given in February and the third one is given in June. There are no known side effects to cervical cancer vaccine except for pain at the injection site.

No investigation is required before administering the vaccine provided the girl is not sexually active. For those ladies who are sexually active, a PAP smear is required to rule out the presence of Human Papilloma Virus in the cervix. This vaccine is given to women aged 12 to 59 years.

For more information on cervical cancer vaccine please contact Dr Madan M Vasandani at 08176696070.

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