Prof. Isaac Adewole, a former Minister of Health in Nigeria and Co-Founder of the African Cancer Coalition has disclosed that cervical cancer can be prevented if 90 per cent of girls between ages nine and 14 are vaccinated with the HPV vaccine.
According to him, HPV vaccination helps to kick against cervical cancer.
He said this while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
"If someone develops cervical cancer, and it is detected early, we can pick them in the early stages, and can almost uniformly cure it.
“Treatment of women with early presentation as well as invasive cancer management helps", he said.
Adewole, therefore, advocated for the allocation of resources for cancer prevention, detection, treatment and management.
“Cervical cancer disease is common in areas that are not developed or areas where they have not allocated appropriate resources and attention to this disease.
“It is a disease of underdevelopment.
“And where you have infrastructure well developed, where you have appropriate policies that are well-resourced, where you have leadership showing interest in this disease, we collectively can eliminate cervical cancer.
“And this has been amply demonstrated through projections scientifically showing that if you do this, then cervical cancer can become something of history,” said Adewole.
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix.
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.
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