11% of women screened in Ireland have HPV
Just 11% of women who go for cervical screening were found to be HPV-positive, a virus which can be an early marker for this cancer in some cases, the Cervical Check programme has found.
New data also shows out of this 11%, only half were found to have abnormal cells on further examination.
HPV is a common virus transmitted through sexual activity. Affecting men and women, the HSE says it is one of the leading causes of cervical cancer. It can cause changes in cervical cells which if left untreated could lead to cancer.
This was published in the Irish Examiner