Cervical cancer

Most cases of cervical cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. are triggered by persistent infectionInvasion by organisms that may be harmful, for example bacteria or parasites. with the human papilloma virusA sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and may also have a role in the development of various cancers. and about half of cases are seen in women aged between 35 and 55.

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HPV vaccine - why the debate?

Asking why you must go for the jab is not usually a question with vaccines, but with immunisation against HPVAn abbreviation for human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and may also have a role in the development of various cancers. there's an extra dimension heating things up: sex. More