The End of the Jade Goody effect?

on Saturday, 23 March 2013. Posted in Blog

 

Cervical Cancer screening rates have hit a 10 year low, meaning that less and less women are being tested for Cervical Cancer across the UK. Charities blame the decline on the end of the ‘Jade Goody effect’.

The Big Brother reality TV star and mother of two, Jade Goody, died from the disease on March 22nd 2009, at just 27 years of age. This tragedy together with Jade's tireless campaigning caused a dramatic rise in screenings and saw more than 400,000 women in England tested for Cervical Cancer between mid-2008 to 2009. However, almost exactly 4 years after Jade’s death the number of women attending screenings has significantly fallen.

Cervical Cancer is the second most common cancer in females under 35 and leads to the death of 1000 women every year in the UK alone. Everyday 8 women are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer and 3 die of the disease that is caused through the contraction of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). *

Despite the fact that Cervical Cancer screening saves 5000 lives every year in the UK, 20 per cent of women are not being tested. More than 1 in 5 women between 25 and 64, and 1 in 3 under 35 are not being tested at all and screening has dropped to below 80 per cent in women over 50 years of age.

 

 

Protecting Your Daughter's Health

on Thursday, 21 February 2013. Posted in Blog

Is your daughter aged between 9 and 26?

 

Has she been vaccinated against Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women under 35. It effects the cervix and the neck of the womb, leading to the death of 1000 women every year in the UK and a further 2,800 new cases are registered. 70% of cervical cancer cases are caused by The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

HPV is an extremely common virus; in fact, 70% (4 out of 5) people in the world will contract the virus at some point in their lives without knowing. There are over 100 identified strains of HPV and different strains affect different parts of the body. Around 40 of these strains are called high-risk HPV types affecting the genital areas of men and women causing cervical cancer. The rest of the strains are called low-risk HPV types and cause 90% of genital wart cases. The virus is passed on through sexual contact, not just sexual intercourse.

The HPV vaccination jab was introduced in 2008 and protects against 4 types of the HPV virus, two of which are the leading cause of cervical cancer and the other two the main cause of genital warts. The HPV vaccination is given in a course of 3 injections and is most effective in girls/young females between the ages of 9 and 26, as most women who have HPV were exposed to it in their teens and early 20’s.

The NHS is currently rolling a vaccination process, however due to limited funding they are only able to vaccinate girls of 14 years of age.  At Southdowns Private Health Care, based in Emsworth, in easy reach of Portsmouth, Havant, Chichester and Fareham we vaccinate children from the age of 9 upwards.  We offer appointments at a time to suit your family’s needs.

Prevention is the best cure and we believe that the HPV vaccine is crucial to help save lives.

Call us on 01243 388 712

 

The Future of the Cervical Smear and HPV Test?

on Monday, 04 February 2013. Posted in Blog

Exciting New Research could see Cervical Smear tests providing protection against other gynaecological cancers

It was really interested to read about recent research being conducted at John Hopkins University in the USA that could ultimately see the cervical smear test which tests for HPV (human papilloma virus) and in effect screens for Cervical Cancer - being adapted to enable testing for other gynaecological cancers too such as ovarian cancer. This could be really important as ovarian cancer tends to have relatively low survival rates in part due to generally low levels of early diagnosis.

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