1. What Is The Need for HPV Vaccine?
Cervical cancer, mainly caused by HPV, is the leading cancer in Indian women, the second most common cancer in women worldwide, and the fifth most common cancer in humans.
Too caught up to read? Listen to the story:
In India, there are 74,000 deaths caused by cervical cancer and 1.32 lakh new cases diagnosed every year. Nearly 366 million Indian girls and women aged 15 years and above are at risk from cervical cancer.
Gynaecologists we spoke with vouch for the vaccine and several studies have been published which call it an effective option.There is a vaccine that promises to prevent this deadly cancer, then why will you not take it? What is the hesitation? We vaccinate our children without even a second thought because they’ll protect them from some deadly infection. So why not this?Dr Ranjana Sharma, Senior Consultant, Gynaecology, Apollo Hospital
HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted infection (STD) globally. Most people are infected at some point in their lives.
HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Most HPV infections are usually harmless and go away by themselves, but some types can lead to cancer or genital warts. Nearly all cervical cancer is due to HPV of two types, HPV16 and HPV18.