Defeat the human papillomavirus (HPV)
On the occasion of International Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Awareness Day, marked this Saturday, March 4 by the International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS), the group HPV Action Globale reminds that the best way to protect yourself against HPV is to receive the vaccine.
According to the group's data, four out of five Canadians will contract at least one type of HPV during their lifetime. Remember that this virus can cause the appearance of nine different cancers, hence the importance and relevance of the vaccine.
It would be involved in particular in cancer of the tonsils, vocal cords, tongue, throat, anus, cervix, vulva, vagina and penis. Vaccination provides effective prevention of the disease, says VPH Action Globale.
The group points out that for women, regular screening of the cervix – the HPV test or the PAP test – allows detect pre-cancers. The latter offers effective treatment options. Combined with regular cervical screening, the HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer.
“With increased awareness, equitable access to the HPV vaccine as well as regular cervical screening, we have the tools to eliminate HPV-related cancers and meet the World Health Organization’s 2030 goals to eliminate cervical cancer” , supports HPV Global Action.