Misinformation and lack of knowledge hinder cervical cancer prevention

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dc.contributor.author Moodley, J
dc.contributor.author Harries, J
dc.contributor.author Barone, M
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-17T13:35:05Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-17T13:35:05Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.3121
dc.identifier.citation Moodley, J., Harries, J., & Barone, M. (2009). Misinformation and lack of knowledge hinder cervical cancer prevention. South African Medical Journal, 99(3), 128.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24064
dc.description.abstract Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer, with an age-standardised incidence rate of 30 per 100 000 per year, and is the leading cause of cancer mortality among South African women.1 The National Department of Health (NDOH) national screening policy entitles every woman attending public sector services to 3 free Papanicolaou (Pap) smears in her lifetime at 10-year intervals, starting at the age of 30 years. Properly implemented, this policy could decrease the incidence of cervical cancer by more than 50%. Community awareness is the key to achieving optimal coverage and participation in the screening programme. The causative link between high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer has been established.2 HPV vaccine offers great potential for primary prevention of cervical cancer in South Africa. Two prophylactic vaccines, with a good safety profile and sustained efficacy after 5 years,3,4 have been licensed for use in South Africa but are not yet available in the public health sector. Secondary prevention of cervical cancer through Pap smears remains vitally important as all women will not be vaccinated, some cervical cancers are caused by HPV types not included in the current HPV vaccines, and the vaccines are not effective in women who already have HPV infection.
dc.source South African Medical Journal
dc.source.uri http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj
dc.title Misinformation and lack of knowledge hinder cervical cancer prevention
dc.date.updated 2016-01-07T09:33:51Z
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
dc.publisher.department Public Health and Family Medicine
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