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Woman treated for cervical cancer welcomes HPV vaccine success

A new study suggests Scotland’s national HPV vaccination programme has led to a dramatic fall in cervical disease.

Laura McAdam was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 (Paul Chappells/PA)
Laura McAdam was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 (Paul Chappells/PA)

A woman treated for cervical cancer has welcomed the findings of a new study showing the apparent effectiveness of Scotland’s national HPV vaccination programme.

Laura McAdam, 33, from Ayrshire, said she wishes the vaccine had been around when she was at school.

Ms McAdam was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 after a routine smear test uncovered changes in her cervix, despite having no symptoms.

I would advise all girls to get vaccinated because there is proof that it works Laura McAdam

She has since had laser treatment, a hysterectomy and lymph nodes removed, and has a scan every six months.

She said: “If this injection they are giving at schools now is wiping this out then that is amazing news and I’m definitely all for it.

“I wouldn’t wish what has happened to me on my worst enemy. Although I’ve had treatment I don’t think my nightmare will ever really be over as I’ll constantly be worrying if they got all the cancer or if it’s come back.

“I would advise all girls to get vaccinated because there is proof that it works. I would also advise women to go for smear tests. It was a smear test that saved my life.”

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