why should you get tested?

These are female tumors that we don’t always talk about. About 3,000 women are affected each year. And these are tumors that kill. Almost 1,000 women die each year in France as a result of cervical cancer. A pathology that would be eradicated by the development of screening and vaccination. Two complementary interventions recommended by Professor Céline Chauler, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CHU.

“The purpose of screening is to identify and treat precancerous lesions. “For women aged 25 to 30, this prevention includes a swab every three years. “We analyze the cells of the cervix. In this age group, infection with the HVP virus (human papillomavirus) is very common, but patients eliminate the virus naturally. What we’re looking for in this HVP, which they probably have, is whether they have a change in their cervix,” explains the gynecologist.

After two negative tests, the examination takes place one year apart. An HVP test is performed on women between the ages of 30 and 65.

The medical gesture is the same as that of a swab, a sample taken every five years. “If we don’t detect the presence of the virus, they remain silent for five years. If detected, additional gynecological examinations are prescribed. Despite effective screenings on the territory, “40% of the women concerned do not undergo them at all or not regularly enough”, laments the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cancer Screening Coordination Center.

Vaccination: an effective strategy

The other complementary strategy to prevent these tumors is human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, which is offered to girls ages 11 to 19 and boys ages 11 to 26 who have sex with men. “This vaccine protects them from the major viruses involved in cervical cancer, precancerous lesions and warts. It is not mandatory but highly recommended. “It’s reimbursed and prevents cervical, ENT and anal cancer.” If parents are still reluctant to vaccinate their teens, vaccination has shown its effectiveness. “We have a large reduction in precancerous lesions and cancers with this vaccine. »

The Regional Center for the Coordination of Cancer Prevention, the Loire Committee of the League Against Cancer and the Cancerdiag system of the CHU mobilize for Operation Green June and offer this Tuesday from 14:30 to 16:30 to users ‘ House, in the CDG hall of the hospital, including a quiz and an escape game

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