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Let's create awareness on the occasion of World Cancer Day - In conversation with Dr. Wategaonkar
Are there any vaccines for cancer?
There definitely are some vaccines which protect us against specific type of cancers. We can see Cervix cancer and breast cancer the most in India. A vaccine of Hepatitis B can prevent liver cancer or Human Papilloma vaccine reduces the risk of getting a cervical cancer. These vaccines have prevented almost 20% cancer cases.
Apart from that, Breast cancer can be seen in women who are mostly 40 or above in age. So these women can take a screening if they feel like something is odd. There are different age cut offs in the screenings and one should consult a doctor first.
But these can definitely help in reducing your chances at getting cancer or can help in early detection.