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Cervical Cancer Vaccine - Targeting the Right Population

Written by
Dr. Bharat Patodiya
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Oct 27, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  1 min read



With the increasing awareness, many people are aware of cancer vaccine. However, presently only cervical cancer vaccine is available. Administration of cervical cancer vaccine prior to sexual activity is associated with better outcome.

Cervical Cancer Vaccine - Targeting the Right Population

The human cervical cancer is greatly associated with HPV (human papilloma virus) infection. It is important that the vaccine is administered before the infection is acquired. As this infection is acquired during sexual activity, it is best to be administered before the start of sexual activity that is primarily teenage girls. With the increasing awareness many people are aware of cancer vaccine. However, presently only cervical cancer vaccine is available. Also, prostate cancer vaccine is available, but only for treatment purpose. It can be utilized by the general population without disease, for prevention of cervical cancer. However, the correct timing of vaccination is important.

There are four types of HPV viruses, which this vaccine targets. Administering these vaccines in women, who have commenced sexual activity, will still give protection from the virus strain she has not acquired. The same benefit can be expected in men having sexual activity with another male, rendering protection from anal warts and cancers. The vaccine is suggested even if monogamous (only single partner) relationship is maintained.

This vaccine does not prevent other sexually transmittable diseases, hence barrier protection like condoms have to be utilized where indicated. Considering the effectiveness of this vaccine to be in the range of 90% and above it is highly suggested to get it administered in indicated population. Side effects are minimal such as flu like symptoms and local pain which are similar to other vaccine and self-limiting.

There two types of vaccines available, targeting two and four strains of virus respectively. It is worthwhile to be taken.

To get a cervical cancer vaccine, consult a medical oncologist online -->

Last reviewed at:
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