Immunisation against the HPV Virus
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is passed between people who are sexually active, not just through conventional intercourse, and can lead to cervical cancer in women. It may account for the increase in oral cancers and anal cancers.
Like it or not, our young people become sexually active and then can be at risk of contamination from the virus.
The immunisation programme is intended to prevent the spread of this virus in much the same way that protection is given to younger children against Measles, mumps and rubella, so that their bodies are stimulated to produce antibodies if the body is attacked by the virus which causes these conditions.
Cervical cancer is a dreadful illness which causes untold misery and most often affects younger women.
Hearing stories from women around the world about the misery they face, the fact that they will die and leave young children behind, or for others, not be able to have children, made me set up PANTS to raise awareness.Many of the women asked me to be sure and tell people not to miss their smear tests.
For those who think it is too hard to do, it is a million times harder to tell those you love you have cancer, believe me. I had womb cancer and there is no screening for this, it does not show up on the smear test (except in very exceptional cases) I would give anything not to have put my husband and daughters through the pain of watching me go through cancer.
The smear test is so important since it will pick up any changes in the cells of the cervix and enable the Histopathologist (a specialist in the interpretation of smear test results) to monitor the situation to make sure it does not develop into cancer, or in cases where signs of cancer appear, will enable speedy treatment.
With any kind of cancer, the sooner it is dealt with, the less chance it has to spread, and the better the chance of recovery.