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66% of women are unaware of the relationship between cervical cancer and HPV

Research done in 6 capitals shows that 40% of respondents do not think exams can serve as prevention of disease

 
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Data showed that 40% of women do not think that Pap smears can serve as a way of preventing the disease.
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Data showed that 40% of women do not think that Pap smears can serve as a way of preventing the disease.

Research shows that 66% of Brazilian women do not think there is a relationship between infection with HPV (human papillomavirus) and cancer of the cervix. Infection with this virus increases up to 100 times the risk of women developing this type of cancer.

It was found that 18% of women have never had a Pap smears and 13% made only once. Furthermore, 40% of women do not think that Pap smears can serve as a way of preventing the disease.

For the survey, conducted by the Brazilian Association of the Lower Genital Tract Pathology and Colposcopy in partnership with IBOPE were heard 700 women aged between 16 and 55 years, in six capital cities (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Porto Alegre and Recife). The aim was to understand the perception of the female subject.

According to the survey, 76% of women heard not relate to HPV vaccination as a way to prevent cancer of the cervix. Studies show that although HPV is common (80% of the world population have been infected at least once in life), he is responsible for the appearance of cancer of the cervix in some women more susceptible. Therefore, preventing the virus is crucial, says the association's president, Big Bird Mortoza Junior. "We have sent a recommendation to the Ministry of Health an application for this vaccine be incorporated into the official calendar."

Professor Newton Sérgio de Carvalho, Federal University of Paraná, reinforces the security offered by immunization. It explains that the vaccine is prepared from a virus-like particle to produced based on genetic engineering, but without the contents of the virus. It is impossible to become infected while taking the vaccine, it is made from the 'hood' of the virus, he said.

According to the professor of the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) José Focchi, the application of the HPV vaccine is fully effective before the first sexual intercourse. After five years of sexual activity, 60% of women are infected with some of the 130 HPV genotypes, of which the most common are types 16 and 18, which correspond to 70.7% of viruses. Older women who received the vaccine may also have benefits, although to a lesser amount of genotypes. One patient who has had HPV and the vaccine can take benefit from other types of HPV, said. As time passes, the body also can eliminate the virus completely.

To warn women about the importance of prevention, the association launched the Women sow life. In www.mulheressemeiamavida.com.br site, you can get information about the disease.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
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