Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Video: Medical experts tout HPV vaccine

Dr Melody Ennis, Acting Director of the Family Planning Unit in the Ministry of Health.

Dr Melody Ennis, Acting Director of the Family Planning Unit in the Ministry of Health.

Medical experts are urging greater attention to the use of vaccination to combat the human papillomavirus, widely referred to as HPV.

HPV, which causes cervical cancer, a leading killer of women.

This emerged from the recent 2019 edition of the Dr Joseph St Elmo Hall Memorial Lecture on cervical cancer at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.

“Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in Jamaica, and is about 1/3 as common as breast cancer” Consultant Haemotologist and Oncologist at the University of the West Indies, Dr Gillian Wharfe pointed out.

Bolstering the guest speaker’s position, Dr Melody Ennis, Acting Director of the Family Planning Unit in the Ministry of Health,  told the gathering that the women cut down by cervical cancer were in the most productive years of their lives.

The disease occurs most commonly in women 30 years and older.

Watch the video for more.

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