Stopping uterocervical cancer is possible Stopping uterocervical cancer is possible

Sieving and vaccination against the HPV are the best ways to prevent this cancer.

This is the third type of more frequent cancer among women in Latin America and the Caribbean, but it is also the most preventable one.

Vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the best prevention strategy regarding the uterocervical cancer, as the large majority of this disease’s cases are associated to this virus. In accordance with the Health Pan-American Organization “for more than one decade, some vaccines have existed that protect against the common types of viruses that produce this cancer”. The vaccination should be applied to girls between 9 and 14 years of age.

In addition to vaccination, sieving, through cytology test and treatment of pre-cancer injuries help detect this cancer on time, and allow timely acting to obtain optimal results. This test should be done even if the woman has received the vaccine, because the virus mutates and a  possibility exists that the vaccine does not protect against the virus.

 30% of cancers can be cured if they are early detected and properly treated.


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