A positive update on HPV vaccines and cervical cancer

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A new study from Public Health Scotland (PHS) has shown that no cases of cervical cancer have been detected in women who have been fully vaccinated following the HPV immunisation which started in Scotland in 2008.

The study was published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute and concludes that the HPV vaccine is highly effective in preventing cervical cancer from developing.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is extremely common and usually has no associated symptoms, so people are unlikely to know whether or not they have it. It will generally go away without treatment.

HPV testing is done as part of cervical screening. During screening, a small sample of cells are taken from the cervix and tested for HPV.

HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancers. Therefore, if a test is positive, it is important that your doctor considers your risk of developing cervical cell changes that could become cancer. You may be advised to have a repeat test in a few years, have a colposcopy and biopsy or receive treatment.

Unfortunately, misinterpretation of cervical smears is something we see all too frequently and has led to delayed diagnoses and successful claims.

We hope that the vaccine continues to provide success in eliminating cases of cervical cancer, which when missed, can have devastating effects on someone’s life.

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