While cervical screening has saved countless lives, we overscreen in Canada. Women don’t need to be screened until the age of 25 for cervical cancer.
Medical research suggests cervical cancer screening for women under the age of 25 has little impact. Women should therefore be screened at a later age, and less often.
While the previous Gardasil vaccine protected against 70% of cervical cancers, the updated Gardasil 9 version will protect against up to 93% of these.
Prevention against cervical cancer is the main aim of the Gardasil vaccine. But HPV is also linked to a large proportion of anal, vaginal and head and neck cancers.
Women who’ve never had a Pap smear or who’ve skipped a few don’t need to miss out on cervical screening. For the first time, some can take their own sample if that makes them feel more comfortable.
For the first time, some Australian women will be eligible to collect their own sample for cervical screening. While it's not as accurate as one from a GP or nurse, it could still save your life.
The HPV jab given from 2008 with new testing procedures from 2019 could mean women need fewer tests over a lifetime.
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Smear tests are no fun for women, and the HPV vaccine and better screening will offer better protection from cancer and fewer trips to the women.
A new version of Gardasil, the HPV vaccine that protects against cervical cancer, has just been approved for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule.
A new version of the HPV vaccine Gardasil protects against nine types of the virus, and is already being used overseas.
Rwandan girls were targeted in the country’s successful HPV vaccination programme.
Rwanda's vaccination programme for girls against HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease was a huge success, thanks to implementation science.
For young women, receiving the cervical cancer vaccine has also meant a massive drop in genital warts, which are caused by the same virus.
A new study has found rates of genital warts have decreased significantly since the HPV vaccine was introduced.
Women are confused about what changes to the cervical screening program will mean for their sexual health.
There is a lot of misinformation about the government's new cervical cancer screening program that involves less frequent tests. Here are the facts.
Women are confused about how the new test for human papillomavirus (HPV), pictured here, will help them prevent cervical cancer. Let’s fix that.
The roll-out of a new screening program for cervical cancer has been delayed, leaving Australian women understandably confused about if or when they need Pap smears. Here's what they need to know.
Breast cancer is more common in overweight women.
Obesity is one of the factors behind a large rise in cancer rates among women.
Covering warts with duct tape is one home remedy for this common skin condition. But does it work?
Common warts can be hard to treat. No wonder people turn to home remedies, like duct tape and vinegar. But do they really work?
A cancer patient from Inner Mongolia seeks treatment in Beijing.
Of women who die from cervical cancer, 87% live in poor countries.
As of January 2016, Gardasil has been administered in more than 200 million doses worldwide.
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The best way to prevent head and neck cancers, which are more common in men, is to get the HPV vaccine. It's free for boys and girls aged 12 and 13.
Young women in Kano, northern Nigeria. Access to cancer screening in the region is particularly problematic.
Women in northern Nigeria are not going for cancer screenings early enough. There are myriad social, cultural and economic reasons for this. But early detection would save their lives.
Some of the equipment used during a Pap smear procedure. Pap smears are at the centre of the South African government’s cervical cancer prevention strategy, despite it yielding little success.
South Africa's cervical cancer strategy has not yielded great results. Despite this, the country has still not opted for an alternative screening methods.
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