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Extending the HPV vaccine, to protect against cervical cancer, to teenage boys, is a "common-sense, evidence based measure", and must be "rolled out" as soon as possible.
Over the past two weeks, Cancer Care West, based in the Westside, Galway has been offering information, support and counselling to women and families affected by the cervical screening crisis.
There is no doubt about the issue dominating the airwaves and headlines in all of the media for the past few days, and likely to do so over the next week: the ongoing cervical cancer screening controversy.
The dramatic fall in the uptake of a cancer-preventing vaccine requires urgent action for it to be addressed, the newly-formed HPV Vaccination Alliance has said.
Three out of four Galway women eligible for free cervical cancer screening availed of the potentially life saving service in 2014/2015, according to a new report. The county was one in which CervicalCheck - The National Cervical Screening Programme reported a high uptake rate (75 per cent) among its target population of women aged 25 to 60 years. The objective of the programme for coverage over five years remains at 80 per cent.
The talk, entitled The HPV Vaccine: Warts and All will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, on tomorrow August 23 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Leading experts will address concerns over the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine at a public talk in the city next week.