Ludhiana Mediways Hospital observed January as cervical health awareness month during which multiple awareness talks were organised.
Talks were held on topics including, cervical cancer, educating and motivating women to get screened for cervical cancer and receive the human papilloma virus (HPV), if they're eligible, in the hospital and colleges.
Dr Veena Jain, senior consultant, gynaecology and oncology, Ludhiana Mediways Hospital, presented an informative multimedia presentation highlighting causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and vaccination of cervical cancer. Jain said cervical cancer was more common in women with early exposure to sexual activities, multiple sexual partners, frequent child birth, unhygienic conditions and smoking.
Dr Jain apprised people about treating cervical cancer. All women should get screening done for cervical cancer at the age of 21. Women above 30years should get a PAP test done combined with an HPV test every five years till they attain 65years.
The HPV vaccine, which is to be given in three doses, can protect women against HPV types which causes cervical cancer. The vaccine should be given before an infection occurs, ideally, before a girl becomes sexually active. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the inoculation for girls and women aged between the 11 and 26.