Lack of information, apathy raise risks of cervical cancer

International Business Times

By Alyangka Francheska | March 28, 2011 5:18 PM EST

Gotta love it when women’s health issues shows up in the business section of the media.

A study by scientists at the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead has found has found that some girls are missing out on the vaccination that helps protect against cervical cancer because of fears related to the vaccination process.

In the study, carried out at nine Sydney metropolitan schools and published in the current edition of the Medical Journal of Australia, researchers found many schoolgirls showed high levels of fear and anxiety when offered HPV vaccine (Gardasil).

Principal investigator Associate Professor Rachel Skinner said: “Sometimes this fear was so extreme it bordered on hysteria, with girls crying, screaming and fainting. When this intense fear was witnessed by girls waiting to be vaccinated, the girls’ anxiety levels was heightened.

“Nurses had difficulty administering the vaccine to these girls, and this sometimes resulted in the girl not being vaccinated, despite their parents consenting to the vaccination,” said Associate Professor Skinner.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.