Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide in women under 45. About 2,800 women are diagnosed with this form of cancer in the UK each year.
The major cause of the main types of cervical cancer is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and there are over 100 different types of HPV, many of which cause no harm. However certain types are considered ‘high risk’ for cervical cancer and these are transmitted through sexual contact. So, even if you have only had one sexual relationship you could be at risk of developing it – whatever your age or family history.
Fortunately, great progress has been made in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this form of cancer. What is certain, is that regular smear tests, in women aged 25-65, play a vital role in minimising this cancer. Similarly, the new vaccination against HPV, which prevents infection with the virus and therefore prevents the changes HPV causes which lead to cervical cancer, is of great benefit.
From September 2008, GPs now offer this vaccine to all 12 year old girls in the UK. From September 2009, 14-18 year old girls will also be included in the programme.
Women over 18 are not included in the NHS programme but can benefit from the vaccination. Gynaechoice is able to offer Gardasil vaccination now at a fixed cost of £438 for the three vaccinations.
The course of three vaccinations is given over a six-month period. HPV vaccines have been tested in many thousands of women and have been shown to be very safe and effective, with few side effects. Some patients get a little redness at the injection site but this quickly goes away.
The vaccination is given by one of our Consultant Gynaecologists giving you the opportunity to discuss sexual health issues, cervical cancer and screening.
If you require more information or would like to talk to someone from Gynaechoice regarding Cervical Vaccine/ (HPV), please get in contact.