Sexual Middle-Aged Women Should Get Cervical Cancer Jab
Jun 03, 2009 10:47
Increased sexual activity among middle-aged women means an increase in the risk of getting cervical cancer. The solution? They should be offered the cervical cancer jab, researchers say.
The human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is linked to cervical cancer is mostly transmitted through sex - meaning that vaccination efforts are targeting teenage girls before they become sexually active.
However it appears the numbers are rising in women who get divorced and have sexual relationships, while never contracting HPV before. Thus, the sexually charged middle-aged women would benefit from having the jab.
An estimated 3,000 cases of cervical cancer is diagnosed im Britain each year. Around 1,000 die from the disease. A study of about 4,000 women aged 24 to 45 found the jab indeed prevented 91 per cent of cases developing.
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