HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cervical cancer is much more common in Asia than the quarter of a million new cases recorded each year, according to an expert, who says governments should consider vaccinating all women because screenings are too costly.
"It's important economically because it literally removes the lynchpin of the family, the wife and mother," Stanley said. She said the ideal intervention would be vaccination and it could be carried out using a system that is already in place in Asia, where most children are protected from a range of diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and polio.
In the case of HPV vaccines, it is generally considered to be best administered between the ages of 9 and 13 years, before girls become sexually active and potentially exposed to HPV.
"Vaccination is extremely well done in Asia. Between 85 and 90 percent of children even in the poorest of countries in Asia are covered. There is a well-established infrastructure for the delivery of vaccine. The challenge is to deliver the vaccine to 11-or 12-year-old girls