Through immunization, cervical screening and widespread education, the NHS wants to see an end to cervical cancer in England by 2040.
Currently 80% of those under the age of 20 have been vaccinated against HPV, lowering their chances of developing cervical cancer. 99% of instances of cervical cancer are a result of the sexually transmitted virus, HPV (human papillomavirus).
“Through immunization, cervical screening and widespread education, the NHS wants to see an end to cervical cancer in England by 2040“
For women between the ages of 25 and 64, cervical screening is highly recommended. Through screening, medical professionals can detect early symptoms of cervical cancer brought on by HPV.
In the United Kingdom, the Cervical Screening initiative is thought to have prevented 4,500 deaths annually. Identifying Initial signs of HPV allows women to receive timely medical attention before cervical cancer develops.
HPV and cervical cancer education is vital to promoting vaccinations and smear tests as the likelihood of taking action against the illness is higher among those educated.
While the goal of ending cervical cancer by 2040 has been successful so far, there are still issues that need to be resolved in order to fulfil the pledge, including immunization misinformation and differences in social and economic classes.
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