Doctors have warned not all women are aware of the importance of the HPV vaccination to combat cervical cancer

Recent figures show that more than 1.82 million women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) aged 15 or older are at the risk of developing cervical cancer.

The cancer also currently ranks as the fourth most frequent cancer amongst women in the UAE, and current estimates show that there were 56 deaths out of 108 women diagnosed with cervical cancer last year.

Cervical cancer develops when cells grow out of control and may spread to other tissues of the body. The cancer usually develops from a dysplasia, which is a precancerous condition can easily be detected by a Papanicolaou test (also called a pap smear) and is treatable. This progression to cancer can take years, so it is important to catch the condition in its early stages!

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