Mumbai: Mass vaccination can prevent high incidence of cervical cancer, the most common form of cancer among women in India, a top German scientist has said.
“Cervical cancer caused mostly by sexually transmitted Human Papilloma virus (HPV) can be prevented mainly through vaccination as the virus is stable outside the human system,” Prof Tino F Schwarz, head Central Laboratory and Vaccination Centre, Germany, said, addressing a workshop for media here yesterday.
“The HPV is made of only proteins and DNA and without an envelop and thus cannot be destroyed easily. This is in contrast to the HIV (Human Immuno Virus) which has an envelop and can be destroyed easily and are not stable outside the human system,” he said.
Cervical cancer ranks number one and every year 1,32,000 Indian women are diagnosed with this cancer and 74,000 die of the disease. The National Cancer Control Programme should gear up for mass vaccination of women between age group of 10- 45 years to prevent it, Schwarz said.
In India, HPV types 16, 18 and 45 are responsible for 81% of the cervical cancer cases, the German scientist said.