Spire Parkway Hospital is set to offer a new vaccine to young girls that would protect them from most forms of cervical cancer. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a common virus passed on through sexual contact. There are many strains of this virus and they can cause such conditions as cervical cancer in women and genital warts in both men and women.
The new treatment won’t be available on the NHS until later this year, for 12-13 year olds, but has already been enthusiastically welcomed by doctors who 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 44 die from the disease every day. The vaccine, which is administered in three doses and protects against the human papilloma virus (HPV), has to be given before a woman is sexually active for it to be effective.
Miss Shirin Irani, consultant gynaecologist, has set up a new clinic at Spire Parkway Hospital to administer the vaccine and provide advice to women and the parents of girls aged 12 and over.
She said: "The benefits of this vaccine will be felt by women and their families for a long time. The government plans to make the vaccine available on the NHS for 12-13 year olds from September. A catch up programme is planned from autumn 2009."
Anyone interested in getting the vaccine should contact Spire Parkway Hospital on 0845 850 1451.