Cervical cancer cases soaring among women in their late 20s

The jab could have the potential to prevent 99.8% of infections

The jab could have the potential to prevent 99.8% of infections

"Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented through screening, and now the disease is far less common in the UK", Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said. If HPV is found, it will then look for cell changes in the same sample. She also is very happy at the prospect that cervical cancer may be eliminated for good.

If HPV is present but no cell changes have occurred, most are invited for a second screening in a year's time.

Professor Peter Johnson, NHS clinical director for cancer, said: "More and more young women and men are being vaccinated against HPV, the most recent figures show an increase in people getting screened and most importantly, the number of people infected with the cancer-causing viruses has fallen dramatically".

They focused on women born between 1994 and 2005 who had received the vaccine at age nine or later.

'The link between preventing high-grade cervical disease and preventing cervical cancers has been proven by the success of cervical screening.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is concerned that gaps in understanding could mean that what might be considered a simple HPV diagnosis could actually have a damaging effect on the lives of women.

Testing for HPV is a more accurate test than cytology and is estimated to prevent nearly 500 extra cervical cancers every year.

The Government body hopes cancer rates will turn out to be lower when the women who were in the first waves of vaccinations reach ages at which they could be expected to start developing cancer.

If these abnormalities are left untreated they can lead to cancer of the cervix (the neck of the womb).

This is usually treated via large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ).

If a Pap test comes back with abnormal cells, Scott says it is relatively easy to remove those cells.

Extreme cold cryotherapy could also help.

Dr Rajeev Gupta, while expressing his concern about cervical cancer, said: "It is the need of the hour to outreach potential population for screening and early detection of cervical cancer and treatment".

The charity adds around three quarters (75%) of cases are prevented due to screening.

Scott says the best way to protect against HPV, since it is spread in other ways besides sexual contact, is to get the HPV vaccine.

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