August 30th, 2010 at 12:34 am |
Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer world-wide. (Bridges, 2008) It is also the leading cause of cancer related deaths in the developing countries. (National Cervical Cancer Coalition) Ireland has one of the highest cervical cancer death rates in Western Europe and this rate is increasing by 1.5% per year. (The Irish Cancer Society, 2008 and Condon, D. 2005.) The implementation of a nationwide cervical screening programme for all women aged 25-60 years is called upon- urgently. Such a programme would reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by 80 %.( I.C.S. 2007) In the meantime the introduction of the Gardasil injection targeted initially towards the 9-26year old paves the way for reductions in the current trends for the future.