HPV jab saves 42 lives a year, says doctor who urges women to get vaccinated

Forty-two girls' lives will be saved this year because they get the HPV jab, research from the Irish Cancer Society has concluded.

Cervical cancer kills 90 women in Ireland each year - almost two a week.

Today is International HPV Awareness Day, which is driving home the message that the vaccine is safe and saves lives.

Irish Cancer Society Head of Research Dr Robert O'Connor says the vaccination makes a real difference:

"I'm not sure people realise unfortunately the burden of HPV cancers in this country.

"In their livetime, one in 10 Irish women will need treatment for HPV-related cervical abnormalities.

"Each year, we see close to 300 women being diagnosed with cervical cancer and unfortunately, around 90 of them succumb to the disease," he said.

More on this topic

Latest: Breastcheck boss says judge's comments on screening services are a cause for concern

Netherlands to honour cervical cancer campaigner Adrienne Cullen with memorial lecture

Critics of free smear test re-checks pledge are playing politics: Harris

Laura Brennan showed ‘one person can make a difference’, funeral told

More in this Section

More than 100 gardaí committed breaches of discipline last year

Nearly 560,000 waiting for treatment

Two men who died in Kildare light aircraft crash are named

Protests supporting paramedics' right to union recognition to be held across the country


John McCarthy gives standout performance but Evening Train takes safe route

The Currabinny cooks celebrate the courgette

Cork city in the rare oul’ times

What next for Madonna?

More From The Irish Examiner