88 percent working women remain unvaccinated for cervical cancer in India, reveals survey

According to the latest survey, eighty-eight percent of working women are not vaccinated with cervical cancer. The survey, done by Plum, an insurtech platform which offers group health insurance and business insurance solutions also shows there are more working women oblivious of the fact that such vaccines and screenings exist.

Age-standardised incidence and mortality rates of 22 and 12.4 per 100,
women in India.

The high costs of vaccination ranging from Rs 3,700 to Rs.10, 594 per dose* found as obstacles for cervical cancer prevention – a whopping number with Quarter (25%) women approving that the cost is significant and an unpredicted majority deplored at overestimating their budget requirements by almost double amounting Another concern has also been accessibility as 10 percent of the women who want to get vaccinated don’t know where to begin,” said in a press statement.

Director-Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram and senior gynaecologist Dr. Nupur Gupta from Plum Telehealth reiterated the urgent requirement for screening that remains a high priority in this regard.

Priority screening and early detection can prevent cervical cancer. Routine Pap smears, particularly the more sensitive Liquid-Based Cytology (LBC) testing combined with HPV screening have good detection capacity. Forging particular lifestyle decisions is also critical
“for risk reduction,” Dr. Gupta asserted.

Dr Gupta shared a few guidelines for preventing cervical cancer:
Routine Screenings: If you are sexually active or in your thirties, remember to get routine (annual) HPV tests and Pap screenings.
Vaccination: If you are in your thirties, consider being vaccinated against HPV. The vaccine offers good protection against the virus.
Understand Your Risk Factors: Identify the factors that may increase your risk, including early menarche and multiple partners.
Raise Awareness: Encourage family members, colleagues and friends to undergo cervical cancer screenings. A major aspect of prevention is public education and awareness.

Saurabh Arora, Co-founder at Plum said: In Plum, we have tried to make the health and financial betterment of every human. In this regard, employers have a critical role to play in promoting and improving the health of their employees since they are 39 million women who drive business growth. Bearing in mind the formidable difficulties associated with awareness, cost and accessibility to cervical cancer screening camps can be organised by companies for awareness about its detection and prevention.

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