About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia
LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

WHO Makes Cervical Cancer Protection Easier

by Vishnuprasad on December 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Font : A-A+

WHO Makes Cervical Cancer Protection Easier

The World Health Organization (WHO) introduced new cervical cancer guidelines on Wednesday, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases.

An estimated 270,000 people die each year from the cancer, of which 85 percent are in the developing world where many have limited access to healthcare and struggle to afford the vaccine.

Advertisement

In launching new guidance at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, the health agency said it now recommended nine to 13-year-old girls should receive two doses of the HPV vaccine, rather than the previous three.

The vaccine prevents infection with the human papillomavirus, the virus responsible for most cases of cervical cancer, and studies had shown that reducing to two doses was as effective as three.
Advertisement

The WHO said the change would make it easier to administer the vaccine and cut costs.

"WHO's updated cervical cancer guidance can be the difference between life and death for girls and women worldwide," said Nathalie Broutet, a leading WHO expert on cervical cancer prevention and control.

"There are no magic bullets, but the combination of more effective and affordable tools to prevent and treat cervical cancer will help release the strain on stretched health budgets, especially in low-income countries."

She added that this could contribute "drastically to the elimination of cervical cancer".

The WHO also recommended that once a woman had returned a negative result in a cervical Pap test, she did not have to be rescreened for at least five years, which would be a major cost saving for health systems.

Pap tests in many countries are currently recommended for women every two years once they are 18.

An estimated one million-plus women worldwide are currently living with cervical cancer, many of whom have no access to health services for prevention, curative treatment or palliative care.

While cervical cancer rates have fallen in much of the developed world over the past 30 years, largely due to screening and treatment programmes, rates in many developing countries have risen, often due to limited access to health services.

Marleen Temmerman, director of WHO's department of reproductive health and research, said gender discrimination and other social inequities, such as wealth, class, education and religion, were the problems.

"Unless we address gender inequality and ensure women's right to health, the number of women dying from cervical cancer will continue to rise," she warned.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Emotional Healing
Psychosis Risk Related to Cat Parasite
Sedentary Behavior Precipitates Night-Time Hot Flashes
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Women and Cancer Cancer and Homeopathy Cervical Cancer Cancer Facts Cancer Tattoos A Body Art Uterine Cancer AIDS-HIV-Cancer Health Screening for Women Pap smear and Cervical Cancer Screening 

Recommended Reading
Pap smear and Cervical Cancer Screening
Pap smear is the most common test used in screening cervical cancer caused by an infection with ......
Cervical Cancer - Incidence
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women and is the primary cause of ......
Women and Cancer
Cancer is one of the frequently talked about and most feared disease that falls under the genre of ....
AIDS-HIV-Cancer
AIDS defining malignancies are cancers that occur in patients with AIDS due to their low immunity....
Cervical Cancer
Cancer cervix refers to cancerous growth in the cervix and usually occurs in the transition called ...
Health Screening for Women
Health screening in women between 40 and 60 years helps to diagnose health issues in the early stage...
Tattoos A Body Art
Tattoos are a rage among college students who sport it for the ‘cool dude’ or ‘cool babe’ look...
Uterine Cancer
Uterine Cancer or Cancer of the Uterus (or Endometrial Cancer) refer to cancers affecting the uterus...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use