Dr. Raghavi Karnam: Vaccinations and Timely Testing can Prevent Cervical Cancer

Dr. Raghavi Karnam
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Surgeon for Obstetrics and Gynecology,  Dr. Raghavi Karnam, said that if cervical cancer connected to Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is treated early on, it may not progress to a potentially fatal condition.

She was addressing on Tuesday at the JSS Hospital’s Sri Rajendra Auditorium during an HPV vaccination event held in collaboration with the city’s JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research (JSS AHER) and Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRII).

Cervical cancer instances have been reported in a number of nations recently, including India, endangering women. It can use its own immunity to combat HPV infection if it is found in the cervix region. Sometimes the infection lingers and has a negative impact on health. Dr. Karnam clarified, “It will become cancer if left untreated and affect other organs in the body.”

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to recognize HPV signs, which increases the likelihood that the infection could become fatal. Dr. Karnam continued, “A vaccine has been developed to check this infection.”

In the nation, 7.7,000 women lose their lives to cervical cancer each year, out of 1.24 lakh new cases of the disease. The vaccination and prompt screening (tests) are the only ways to prevent contracting the infection that causes cancer, Dr. Karnam said.

The immunization campaign has begun, and thousands of women across are taking advantage of it. Girls and boys as young as nine to fourteen years old can also receive vaccinations, and women over thirty should get screened once every three to four years to prevent the possibility of HPV, she said.

Present were Dr. B. Suresh, Pro-Chancellor of JSS AHER; Dr. M.S. Jayanth, District Reproductive Child Health Officer; Dr. H. Basavanagowdappa, Principal of JSS Medical College; Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, Founder of PHRII; Dr. C.P. Madhu, Medical Superintendent of JSS Hospital; and Dr. Rashmi, Research Officer.

The HPV vaccination (Gardasil-9), which protects against nine different forms of HPV, was administered to six girls from JSS High School in Nachanahally Palya. JSS AHER and PHRII have promised to administer this vaccination to 200 girl children in Mysuru. The chief coordinator of the MPH program at the School of Public Health is Dr. Anil S. Bilimale.

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