Shanghai Daily has reported the massive increase of cervical cancer within young Shanghai women which has been attributed by health experts as a result of sex from an earlier age and with more partners than previously.
Shanghai Daily reports:
In Shanghai, 10 percent of women with cervical cancer are younger than 35, according to the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
This compares to a figure of less than 2 percent in 1970, said officials.
Shi Huijing, an associate professor of the School of Public Health of Fudan University has stated that young people between the ages of 15 to 24 are the most susceptible to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer.
Experts have advised that maintaining a steady sexual partner is a method of preventing HPV infection.
Young females also are encouraged to take the HPV vaccination, Gardasil and Cervarix between the ages of 12 and 14.
An education is being carried out in 14 cities including Shanghai and Beijing to spread knowledge about prevention.
The virus does not directly cause cervical cancer, with other lifestyle factors able to trigger the cancer.
This comes amidst the already high rates of cancer cases within Shanghai, which have also been attributed to lifestyle changes.
We’re not health experts ourselves, but somehow we can’t help but think that there just might be a small correlation with increase of female smokers in Shanghai.
By Mandy Liang