Women in NI encouraged to attend life-saving cervical screening when invited

Women in NI encouraged to attend life-saving cervical screening when invited

"Some women are at higher risk for cervical cancer", Ms. O'Connor said.

A new screening test, rolled out as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, will provide a more sensitive test, looking for traces of high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which is the cause for almost all cases of cervical cancer.

They focused on women born between 1994 and 2005 who had received the vaccine at age nine or later.

To mark the start of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week this week, consultant gynaecological oncologist Richard Peevor is urging women to make sure they are up to date with their smear tests.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease and the leading cause of cervical cancer.

But the rise among young women is worrying experts.

Lincolnshire CCGs are reminding people that cervical cancer can kill, yet regular screening helps save thousands of lives every year.

Cervical screening can prevent around 45 percent of cervical cancer cases in women in their 30s, rising with age to 75 percent in women in their 50s and 60s, who attend regularly.

"Asides screening, there are now vaccines that protect against common cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus, HPV". She said: "I was young and healthy and hadn't experienced any symptoms, so to be told I had cervical cancer took me completely by surprise".

"Alongside pap screening and evaluation of abnormal pap smear, other gender-specific conditions women face such as female sexual dysfunction, menstrual abnormalities, contraception counselling and provision of different contraceptive options, vaginitis, STD testing and treatment, among others", she explained.

Despite this, more than 20 per cent of women invited for screening do not attend.

'The link between preventing high-grade cervical disease and preventing cervical cancers has been proven by the success of cervical screening.

"So it's estimated as many as 90-95 percent of people in the US have a strain of HPV". It's only if you go on to develop a condition linked to HPV, like genital warts or cancer, you'd really know.

Most of the time, they show up abnormalities on the cervix's surface. When used in combination with the HPV vaccine for both girls and boys, Johnson hopes it will pave the way for the elimination of cervical cancer in England.

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