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Have you had your VITAL cervical smear test?

Have you had your VITAL cervical smear test?

Cervical cancer is highly preventable.

A spokesperson for NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group said it wanted to increase understanding about cervical screening and the need for regular smear tests, which can highlight women who need early treatment and prevent unnecessary deaths. The best way to find cervical cancer early is to have regular screening with a Pap test. Other symptoms of cervical cancer may include pain and discomfort during sex and an unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge. These changes are based on scientific evidence that demonstrated that cervical cancer is nearly always associated with a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), that the cancer develops slowly over years not months, and that it is extremely rare in women under 21.

The CDC recommends that women get the HPV vaccination beginning at ages 11-12 (can be given as early as 9 years old), and up to age 26.

Every woman over 25 is eligible for a smear test so contact your local GP to book one in.

HPV DNA tests are usually done in addition to a pap test in women above 30 or when an abnormality is found in a pap test, so as to check for the presence of high risk HPV Infections. This allows treatment to take place before the cancer develops.

Surgery - If the cancer is still in Stage II, surgery is done to remove the cancerous tissues or cells; however, surgeries differ from cervical conization to simple hysterectomy to radical hysterectomy (removal of uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries and surrounding tissues). There is also an open invite to the women of Cork, in the 25 to 60 age bracket, to come along on the day. A common type of screening test is the Pap smear, in which cells from the cervix are gently scraped to be examined. This disease is much easier to cure when it's found and treated early, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Robert Music, chief executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "Cervical screening prevents against 75 per cent of cervical cancers - however, one in four women across the United Kingdom do not take up their invitation for this potentially life-saving test".

This doesn't mean that cervical cancer isn't unsafe. This vaccine is the first working vaccine that has been successful in preventing a particular type of cancer.

In most cases the infections go away by themselves, but when they don't they can become more serious, causing several types of cancers in both men and women including cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, throat, tongue, tonsils and penis. "Like other vaccines, the HPV vaccine must be given before possible exposure to the disease to be effective in preventing illness".

The HPV vaccine is available by appointment at the Public Health Clinic at 529 I St.in Eureka.

Amber, who worked for Gentoo, had been declined a check by her GP and by the time she paid for one privately, her cancer had spread.

There are a few side effects of the vaccination as well.

Since the HPV vaccine is a recommended vaccine, it is mostly available even to those with financial difficulties via Medicaid and different state programs. Screening is for people without symptoms as a preventative measure.