Monday, September 28, 2009


HPV vaccine.sounds good.......................uhhh........but what is it?why?Let us talk about cervical cancer a bit,(cancer of mouth of the womb),Commonest killer cancer amongst Indian women.Out of 5 lac cases detected annually globally,India has 1 lac of them,Scary isn't it???That too a cancer which is preventable.
A routine check called 'Pap Smear' should be done every 3 years from the age of 24 to 50 and then at 5 yrly interval between 50 to 64.After that you don't need it.
Now HPV vaccine sounds wonderful but for the cost,lack of awareness and a little stigma attached with HPV of it being transmitted sexually in majority of the case.
But anyways it might turn out useful in long run,when it is cheaper than the current Rs 9000/.
The recommended age is between 9 yrs to 26 years.And still one needs regular pap smears.

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