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Vaccination to prevent Cervical Cancer at reduced prices during January & February 2012

During the month of January & February 2012, as part of our campaign to promote health among women, uniCare in association with gsk is offering Cervarix vaccination at reduced prices.

Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer in the world. It can be a threat to all women, but you can protect yourself and your daughter.

Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems from it. In 90% of cases, the bodyís immune system clears HPV naturally within two years. But, sometimes, HPV infections are not cleared and can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix and other organs. HPV can cause normal cells to turn abnormal. Most of the time, you cannot see or feel these cell changes. Cancer often takes years to develop after getting HPV.

Cervarix protects females against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. The vaccine is recommended for females from 10 through 55 years of age.

Cervical cancer can also be prevented with routine cervical cancer screening and follow-up of abnormal results. The Pap test can find abnormal cells on the cervix so that they can be removed before cancer develops. An HPV DNA test, which can find HPV on a woman's cervix, may also be used with a Pap test in certain cases. Even women who have had vaccine when they were younger need regular cervical cancer screening because the vaccine protects against most, but not all, cervical cancers.

Cervical cancer screening is covered by some medical insurance providers. Please call 971 4 352 9292 for further information.