Wishart highlights importance of cervical screening and vaccine

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has highlighted the importance of keeping up to date with cervical screenings after a slight fall in statistics.  Meanwhile studies of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine show a clear cut in cancer rates.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust annual cervical screening stats show that those eligible and up to date with screening in Shetland fell to 79.2% from 80.1%. Ms Wishart also highlighted reports that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine cuts cervical cancer by nearly 90%. The HPV vaccine is offered to every S1 pupil in Scotland.

HPV is also offered to men who have sex with men up to the age of 45. This has been offered in Scotland since 2017.

Ms Wishart said:

“I urge everyone eligible to have their screening and keep up to date with it.

“It is good news that the HPV vaccine is so effective, but screenings can still save lives.

“Shetland is not alone in the fall in screening uptake and it is important that we reverse this trend.

“The HPV vaccine helps reduce cervical cancer, but it also helps reduce other cancers as well. Awareness for minority groups should also be raised.”



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