Being screened for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is one of the best ways women can defend themselves against cervical cancer.
In fact the Australian Government has recently accepted recommendations to make HPV screening the premier defence against cervical cancer. It’s projected to reduce incidences of cervical cancer by 15%.
HPV screening is very important. Right now the Australian Government recommends pap smears every two years. But with the new proposal, HPV screenings will be the primary test for cervical cancer.
HPV screening is quick and easy, and any woman ages 25 – 74 years old should consider getting them done immediately. Even if you’re vaccinated.
Although the recommended HPV screening won’t be put in place until 2017, you can and should still get HPV screening done now.
So why HPV screening?
HPV is the first step to cervical cancer – causing 99% of cervical cancers. If you have HPV, without the right treatments, it absolutely can turn into cancer.
Fortunately cervical cancer develops slowly. That’s why HPV screening is recommended every 2 years. By getting screened in this interval, it’s easy to see developments as they happen. And they’ll be caught early enough for the most effective treatments to still be an option.
Did you know that 80% of women with cervical cancer were never screened for the HPV virus?
This shows you how important HPV tests are in cervical cancer prevention.
Getting vaccinated for HPV is an important step in cancer prevention for women. However, it’s only about 70% effective. This is why even if you’ve been vaccinated for HPV; you should still get tested every two years (until you’re over the age of 74).
There are many different types of the HPV virus. And certain types are much more likely to lead to cervical cancer than others. If one of these high-risk types of the virus is found, certain actions can be taken immediately to seriously reduce the risk of long-term complications.
HPV screening is quick and painless, and can be done at your routine check-up. Make sure to speak with Dr John Bailey about which test is right for you, as there are a few different options.
Because cervical cancer develops so slowly, and because the screening process is so simple, take time this month to get screened. As long as you fall between the ages of 25 – 74, being tested should be one of your top priorities.
Prevention is always better than a cure, and that’s what HPV screening is all about: prevention. At Hunter Women’s Health we recommend HPV screening because it plays a key role in cervical cancer over 99% of times.
Tests need to be done every two years because not every HPV strain will cause cancer, and the body has natural defence mechanisms that can kill HPV within a few years’ time. If you have a strain of HPV that will not cause cancer, the body will take care of it naturally. If you have a strain of HPV that will cause cancer, by being tested regularly, this will be discovered early on, leading to the best treatment options possible.
Book in today for your HPV screening with Hunter Women’s Health.