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Cancer prevention in young people - HPV Vaccination

Kelly, Daniel 2008. Cancer prevention in young people - HPV Vaccination. EONS Newsletter. Winter Edition. , pp. 19-20.

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Cancer prevention initiatives are normally directed towards adults. Smoking cessation, breast and testicular self examination and healthy eating advice are examples of health education campaigns that have encouraged adults to adopt more healthy choices. The recent launch of the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination programme is a new step in cancer prevention as it is targeted at girls and young women prior to them becoming sexually active. Once engaging in unprotected intercourse there is an increased risk of exposure to the HPV virus that is implicated in the promotion of cellular changes and, eventually, cervical cancer. However, this prevention initiative has not been without critics and has provoked controversy as some claim that it may encourage promiscuous behaviour and go against religious teachings. This article considers some implications of the HPV vaccination for cancer nurses.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: European Oncology Nursing Society
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:54

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