Cervical Cancer and its Preventive Measures

Cervical Cancer and its Preventive Measures
(Last Updated On: December 5, 2016)

January is considered as the Cervical Cancer awareness month. Here are some facts about the disease and preventive measures for you.

India has the largest number of cervical cancer patients. Research states that it closely follows breast cancer, and majorly affects women aged from 15 to 44.

Every year, more than 122,844 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer of which more than 67,477 die from it.

All young women are susceptible to cervical cancer; reasons can range from lifestyle change to environmental factors. However, it has also been found that in more than 70% of the cases, the cancer is due to the HVP is HVP Human Papiloma Virus. Most of the times, women are not diagnosed at the right time leading to their death. Every year, 80% of new cases in cervical cancer are recorded in developing countries like India. Currently, only in few hospitals of India like the TATA Memorial Hospital, Mumbai are offering feasible cancer treatment which reflects that the demand is always higher than supply.

Besides the high mortality rate of the disease, in cervical cancer quality of life is affected not only of the patient but their loved ones associated with them. Moreover, cost factor of the cancer treatment, dismal condition of the Indian healthcare system has made it inaccessible.

Everyone has heard of the adage, “Prevention is better than cure,” and therefore, when there is an option of saving oneself or your loved ones, it’s always better to opt for that. Cervical cancer’s vaccinations can save many lives.

Prevention is better than cure

No other cancer has preventive vaccine but cervical cancer; with HVP vaccine.

In western countries, vaccine awareness is very high compared to India, now a day’s most of the young and independent women get vaccination to prevent cervical cancer and hopefully, this awareness will spread across women from different sectors and regions.

Facts about Cervical Cancer Vaccine

  • Most cervical cancers are caused by the sexually transmitted infection human papillomavirus (HPV). Widespread HPV immunization, however, can reduce the impact of cervical cancer.
  • The cervical cancer vaccine is recommended for girls aged 11 to 35 yrs. (All young women)
  • This  vaccine is given as a series of three injections over a period of six months. The second dose is given one to two months after the first dose, and the third dose is given six months after the first dose.
  • The cervical cancer vaccine isn’t recommended for pregnant women or people who are moderately or severely ill.

Overall, the effects are usually mild. The most common side effects of both HPV vaccines include soreness at the injection site (the arm), headache and low-grade fever. Sometimes dizziness or fainting occurs after the injection. Remaining seated for 15 minutes after the injection can reduce the risk of fainting. Also at times, Cervarix might also cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain.

If you want to avail Cervical Cancer Vaccination at home, Call Portea on 1800 121 2323 or drop us email at care@portea.com. An experienced nurse will visit your home and give you vaccination at your convenience. We also provide other vaccinations at home like H1N1 Vaccine, Typhoid Vaccine, Hepatitis B Vaccine and more. Now, get vaccinated and stay safe.

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Dr. Gitanjali Taware has over 8 years of experience in the healthcare sector. She has done her Masters in Health and Hospital Administration from TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has worked across primary health center, secondary and tertiary hospitals, wellness clinics and home healthcare. Currently, Ms. Taware is working in Portea as Manager - Patient Re-Engagement.


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