Friday, 19 February 2010

HPV cervical cancer vaccination programme

HPV cervical cancer vaccination programme

Telephone: 01604 678052
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HPV stands for human papillomavirus, which causes 99% of all cervical cancers. The vaccine stops the HPV developing in the body and prevents cervical cancer in 70% of cases.
It is estimated that the routine HPV vaccination for girls aged 12-13 could save the lives of up to 400 women each year.
Most HPV infections are harmless or cause genital warts, however some types cause cancer. Most HPV infections clear up by themselves, but in some people the infection can last a long time. HPV infects the cells of the surface of the cervix where it can stay for many years without you knowing. The HPV virus can damage these cells leading to changes in their appearance. Over time, these changes can develop into cervical cancer.
HPV vaccinations offer additional protection and do not replace cervical smear tests in later life. It is important that all women between 25 and 65 attend their cervical smear tests.

If you have any issues you would like to discuss about the service you have received contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service Team. If you wish to make a complaint please contact the Complaints Service.


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