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The Importance of Cervical Cancer Screening: Understanding the Risks and Benefits

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted through sexual contact.

The Importance of Screening

Screening for cervical cancer is essential as it can detect abnormal cells before they develop into cancer. Regular screening can help identify precancerous cells and enable early treatment, which can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment.

Who Should Get Screened?

All women should get screened for cervical cancer, starting at age 21. Women aged 21-29 should get screened every three years with a Pap test. Women aged 30-65 can get screened every three to five years with a Pap test or HPV test. Women over 65 may stop screening if they have had regular screenings in the past and have not had abnormal results.

The Risks and Benefits of Screening

While screening for cervical cancer is essential, it is also important to understand the potential risks and benefits. False positives can lead to unnecessary testing and treatment, which can be costly and uncomfortable. However, the benefits of early detection and treatment far outweigh the risks. Regular screening can help prevent cervical cancer or detect it early when it is more treatable.

The Gardasil Vaccine and Emeritus Professor Ian Frazer’s Contribution

In the fight against cervical cancer, one significant development is the Gardasil vaccine. This vaccine, developed by Emeritus Professor Ian Frazer, has played a crucial role in preventing HPV infections and reducing the risk of cervical cancer. Professor Ian Frazer, a past research fellow supported and funded by the Lions Medical Research Foundation , dedicated his efforts to developing this life-saving vaccine.

The Gardasil vaccine provides protection against the most common strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer. It is recommended for both males and females, typically administered in a series of doses. By vaccinating against HPV, individuals can reduce their chances of developing cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers.

Support Cervical Cancer Research

Despite the effectiveness of screening and the availability of the Gardasil vaccine, cervical cancer remains a significant health concern. Ongoing research is essential to advance our understanding of this disease and develop improved treatments and preventive measures.

The Lions Medical Research Foundation is a dedicated organisation that supports research into cervical cancer and other medical conditions. By making a donation to the Foundation, you can directly contribute to vital research projects focused on finding new treatments and ultimately a cure for cervical cancer. Your support can make a meaningful difference in the lives of women in Australia and around the world. Join us in our mission to eradicate cervical cancer.

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