Spire Bushey Hospital now offers a cervical cancer vaccine that protects young women from most forms of cervical cancer, Doctors have welcomed the vaccines introduction as they believe it could save the lives of thousands of women.
Every year 3,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in Britain and three women under the age of 44 die from the disease every day.
The vaccine, which is administered in three does and protects against the human papilloma virus(HPV), has to be given before a woman is sexually active for it to be effective.
"Gardasil is a real breakthrough in cervical cancer protection," says consultant Gynaecologist Les Bernhardt.
Although usual screening should be continued, Gardasil helps protect against four types of human papilloma virus. Two of these cause 70% of cervical cancer cases with the other two causing 90% of genital warts.