Written by Lim Jin Jie

Well, only in Australia, as things stand. The country’s campaign against cervical cancer is predicted to be successful – according to the Cancer Council of New South Wales State, with the current rate of screenings and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations, as few as four in 100,000 women will contract cervical cancer* by 2035. The disease will be all but eradicated by 2066, with one case in 100,000. This is largely because the recipients of the intensive free national HPV vaccination program, which was rolled out in 2007, are beginning to reach their mid thirties. The vaccination works to protect recipients against the types of HPV that cause about 90% of cervical cancers worldwide, and also prevents cases of genital warts, and a number of other cancers of the cervix, anus, vulva, vagina, penis and throat”.

In Singapore, the HPV vaccination is not compulsory, but is “recommended for females 9 to 26 years” – maybe we should consider making it mandatory as well.

* Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, with the global average of the incidence of cervical cancer standing at 15 cases per 100,000.

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