HPV is a virus common among humans. Everyone should be vaccinated, because everyone will benefit – said Professor Marzena Dębska, a specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, on TVN24. She pointed out that it is responsible for many cancers, not only cervical cancer. – And we really have a very simple way to fight it – she added.
On Wednesday, Minister of Health Izabela Leszczyna presented the “Safe, conscious self” project. She talked, among other things, about HPV vaccinations for 12- and 13-year-olds. She admitted that the ministry could not yet boast of any spectacular successes in this regard.
She noted that girls and boys are covered by the free vaccination program. She appealed to the media to promote vaccinations. – Let’s talk about the fact that it’s not just about girls, it’s also about boys – she added. – It seems that promoting, raising awareness and educating society, parents, but also children about the fact that (…) we can avoid cervical cancer, which kills 2.5 thousand women every year, is extremely important. This may give our children (…) a ticket to health in this respect and it is worth doing, said Leszczyna.
She emphasized that the group of children eligible for vaccinations could be expanded. – I would like to expand the scope of these vaccinations again, i.e. also include younger children – announced the head Ministry of Health.
An expert on “cancers that are becoming more and more common.” “We really have a very simple way to fight this.”
Professor Marzena Dębska, a specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, spoke on Thursday on TVN24 about the importance of vaccination against HPV. – HPV is a virus common among people, which is the main cause of cervical cancer, but not only that, but also many other cancers in women and men – she emphasized.
– For example, few people know that it causes head and neck cancer. Cancer of the tonsil, tongue, palate, larynx. These are cancers that are becoming more and more common and we really have a very simple way to fight it, she noted.
The TVN24 guest emphasized that “HPV vaccinations have been in force throughout Europe for several years and are mandatory in most countries.” – And there are already countries where this disease, cervical cancer, which is most dependent on this virus, is rare. Tours from Scandinavian countries are starting to come to us to see cervical cancer. We are absolutely a dozen years behind here and I hope that will change now, said Professor Dębska.
“Everyone should get vaccinated because everyone will benefit”
– We must remember that everyone can get vaccinated, because there is currently no upper age limit for vaccination. The limit is only financial. Everyone should get vaccinated because everyone will benefit. The biggest ones are those who have never encountered this virus before, she pointed out.
Professor Dębska emphasized that “we need to achieve approximately ninety percent vaccination of the society so that this disease does not occur.” – Currently, several percent of people are vaccinated, so there is still a lot to do. We have to talk about it, she said.
– Let’s think about health, about women being examined, getting pregnant, having prenatal tests, and being able to protect themselves against cancer. These are ordinary human matters, she added.
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