A PAP test along with vaccination is the most effective was to prevent HPV and cervical cancer. Treatment options for girls and young women in preventing the disease.
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Sherry Demeterco: Health Canada has approved Cervarix for girls and young women age 10 to 25 for the prevention of cervical cancer. In Canada one woman dies every 20 hours from cervical cancer. It's a second most common type of cancer among young women between 20 and 44. For Kathy Smith mother of three and cervical cancer survivor these statistics are all too familiar. Kathy Smith: When I was first diagnosed with cervical cancer they thought that it would be curable through surgery which involved radical hysterectomy and it wasn't until they realize that my cancer would actually spread into my lymph nodes that I then had to go through a serious of treatments of chemotherapy and radiation. I was often surprised to hear people tell me that they thought I was lucky that this was the type of cancer that I had. I think there is misconception that it's not a serious disease, if there had been a vaccine available to me 25 years ago. I would not hesitate in getting that vaccine. Sherry Demeterco: This new vaccine provides protection against the most common cancer causing HPV types and Dr. Barbara Romanowski, Clinical Professor of medicine from the University of Alberta says it's the right time to get Canadian women thinking about cervical cancer. Dr. Barbara Romanowski: Cervarix is a new HPV vaccine. It is a vaccine that was developed to protect against two strains of genital HPV infection. The numbers being sixteen, eighteen what is significant about those numbers is that they cause 70% of cervical cancers. The vaccine is safe and is effective not only against those two strains, but also it goes beyond that, so in fact we have demonstrated in the research that the vaccine prevents cervical cancer due to sixteen, eighteen and other cancer causing strains. HPV vaccines decrease the risk of cervical cancer and pap smears continue to be a very important tool. Sherry Demeterco: The vaccine is already being used through out the world that has been proven to provide the longest protection of any other approved cervical cancer vaccine to date. This is hardening news for Megan Joakim. Megan Joakim: And I know there is a vaccination of there that can help prevents cervical cancer. I think everybody should take that caution and talk to the doctors about it. Sherry Demeterco: Vaccination along side regular pap screening is the most effective way to prevent cervical cancer. Speak to your physician for more information. Sherry Demeterco reporting.
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