LEICESTER, England, January 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know that you can now be immunized against cervical cancer? This is because cervical cancer is not hereditary but caused by the HPV (wart) virus. HPV goes hand in hand with cervical cancer which is the second most common cancer worldwide, in women under 45.
"This is without doubt, one of the most exciting medical developments this millennium. Thankfully you can now protect yourself through vaccination as well as regular screening. Vaccination is particularly suitable for young girls before they become sexually active but can also be effective for any woman up to age 55 or so," says Dr Julia Piper of Private General Practice Services in Leicester.
What Causes Cervical Cancer?
The main cause of cervical cancer is a virus called human papillomavirus ('HPV'). HPV is widespread and easily transmitted through sexual contact. Usually the body will clear HPV infections naturally but in some women the infection persists and could ultimately progress to cervical cancer. If you have ever had a sexual relationship you are at risk of cervical cancer - whatever your age.
Protect Yourself Against Cervical Cancer
One of the cornerstones in the fight against cervical cancer is cervical screening.
The test detects abnormal cells on the cervix caused by an HPV infection, which, if left untreated, can develop into cervical cancer. Many lives have been saved as a direct result of screening.
So, whatever you do, remember to attend for regular screening.
Now vaccination against cervical cancer is also available which can protect against the two major cancer-causing strains of HPV. There are 2 types of vaccination available. One is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, the other by Sanofi Pasteur. The cost is between GBP450 and GBP480 depending on which vaccine is chosen.
If you would like to discuss the benefits of vaccination please ring Private General Practice Services on +44(0)116-270-0373 and book a consultation with Dr Piper.
About Private General Practice Services
Private General Practice Services, based in Leicester, provides Private GP Services, Occupational Health Services, Immunisations, Cosmetic Treatments, and Integrated Therapies.