Thanks To This Research Cervical Cancer May Become A Rare Disease In Australia
Cancers affect many of the world’s population. How a person’s health is affected is dependent on the type of cancer that ails them. Research is an important part of the fight, and studies have shown that cervical cancer’s days on this Earth may be at an end.
Many cancers may crop up as a result of ‘winning the genetic lottery of bad luck’ or a chemical substance known to cause it. This cancer, though, is one caused by a sexually transmitted disease known as HPV (human papillomavirus), the most common that exists. Although over 100 strains of it exists, there are only a few known to cause cervical cancer.
Despite deaths from cervical cancer exceeding 310,000 a year, research by Cancer Council NSW in Australia has showed great promise in helping to eradicate this ailment. In 2007, many girls aged 12 to13 were given HPV vaccinations through with boys given the opportunity to vaccinate themselves in 2013.
Today’s HPV vaccine protects individuals against the strains that cause much of the world’s cancer.
The head researcher at Cancer Council, Professor Karen Canfell, said the vaccine’s effects on the global death rate have yet to be seen but remains hopeful.
Over 400,000 women are diagnosed with the deadly cancer every year, highlighting the importance of immunization. Although many countries regularly immunize their teenagers, for many places treatment with the vaccine is made impossible even when sold at a lower cost.
Although the HPV vaccine is a preventative measure in regards to cervical cancer, both men and women are affected by the cancers that HPV may cause and everyone should be vaccinated.
Researchers remain optimistic that with current trends, by 2066 only one in every 100,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Although it is mostly women affected by HPV, it is important that both men and women get both tested and treated.