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HPV vaccine ‘may significantly’ lower cervical cancer risk, study finds

HPV vaccine ‘may significantly’ lower cervical cancer risk, study finds

Health
Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Women vaccinated against HPV may be at significantly lower risk for developing cervical cancer, according to a study published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Advertisement Girls who received the shot before turning 17 reduced their risk of cervical cancer by 88% compared to unvaccinated women, while women inoculated against the virus between ages 17 and 30 cut their risk in half, the data showed. "HPV vaccination is protective not only against cellular changes that can be precursors to cervical cancer, but also against actual invasive cervical cancer," study co-author Jiayao Lei said in a statement. "[This] is something we have long suspected," said Lei, a researcher at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institute i...
Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

Health
The "dangerous myth" that gay and bisexual women cannot get cervical cancer means thousands could be missing out on screening, NHS England says.Any sexual activity can pass on the HPV virus, which causes the vast majority of cervical cancers.But a survey suggests one in five LGB women has never been for a test.Anyone with a cervix, between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular screening, health experts said.The figures are based on a report into attitudes to cervical screening among lesbian, gay and bisexual women in the North West of England.While the majority were aware they needed to go for cervical screening, 8% thought LGB women did not need the test or didn't know if it was required. And 21% thought LGB women were at lower risk of cervical can...
Cervical cancer could be eliminated ‘within 30 years’

Cervical cancer could be eliminated ‘within 30 years’

Technology
By James Matthews, Scotland correspondent A new study suggests that the success of a vaccine against cervical cancer means the condition could be eliminated within 30 years.Researchers in Scotland say the routine HPV vaccination of girls aged 12 to 13 has caused a dramatic reduction in cancer rates, almost wiping out all cases of cervical pre-cancer in young women. They believe that its success, if duplicated on a global scale, could mean the end of cervical cancer altogether.Girls around the UK are given the HPV vaccine to protect them against the cancer-causing HPV virus. Image: Scotland introduced its national HPV immunisation programme for girls aged 12 to 13 in 2008 Scotland introduced its natio...
Michelle Keegan showered with praise for sharing video of her cervical smear test

Michelle Keegan showered with praise for sharing video of her cervical smear test

Entertainment
Tina and Bobby star Michelle Keegan took a powerful stance on social media today.Keen to eliminate the fear linked to cervical screening examinations, Michelle shared a video of herself having one done.The former Coronation Street actress shared a video of her both before and after the screening, emphasising the ease of the process.She also shared a snap of her with her legs akimbo ahead of the examination. Related Articles Keen to stress the importance of getting cervical smear tests, Michelle wrote to her 3.7 million followers: “It’s time to talk Cervical Screening examinations... aka the dreaded SMEAR (horrible word) test! I’m going to be honest with you all, I’ve had numerous letters come through my front door that I’ve pushed ...
Minimally invasive surgery less effective than open surgery for cervical cancer

Minimally invasive surgery less effective than open surgery for cervical cancer

Health
Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Early-stage cervical cancer patients who undergo a minimally invasive hysterectomy have a worse survival outlook than open surgery of the procedure, according to two studies published simultaneously. Researchers "recommend on only using open surgery for cervical cancer" based on the results of the a epidemiologic study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. And researchers examining a phase 3 trial, published in the same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine also support only open surgery. Researchers from Harvard Medical School, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University participated in the studies. "Do these studies signal ...