Have you vaccinated your daughter against HPV? HPV or Human Papillomavirus is the most common cause of cervical cancer accounting for about 70% of cases. Preventive vaccination is Medisave claimable for girls and women aged 9-26 years and is recommended by the Ministry of Health. It was added to the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) in November 2010.
This recent article in the Straits Times highlight the 2 main types of HPV vaccines that we have - Gardasil and Cervarix; and potentially more in the future!
If you are 27 or older, you should discuss the benefits of vaccination with your GP.
Dr Sarah Packer is a Family Physician with a special interest in women's and children's health.