Dr Ciara Kelly: We finally have a vaccine to prevent cancer – you’d think people would be delighted about it

These celeb doctors think they are the best thing and that they are always right. In fact, sometimes they get so soaked up in the celeb world that they lose the run of themselves.

If anything, this person has tainted a view on the experience of a smear test that may scare women from taking them. Why so gruesome? Who wants to know the details of her personal experience? Would it not have been better for women’s health if she had advocated a positive view on the smear test.

And then she goes on to say: Instead we have a junk science smear campaign on social media against the vaccine. We have ill-informed TDs who should care about their electorates’ health but actually care more about parish pump politics, scaremongering about the vaccine’s safety and we have a vaccine uptake rate that’s dangerously low.

Again the celeb status is taking over and just doesn’t see that parents have a right to heir their views for or against.

We have on numerous occasions at meetings with the HSE lobbied to get the age of smear testing dropped from 25years of age to 18/20 years of age. This has fallen on deaf ears. Yet parents are aware that for medical reasons GPs are prescribing oral contraceptive pills for young adolescent girls in their very early teens which carry very severe health risk. Look at what is written in one of these contraceptives Package Information Leaflet:

Cancer of the reproductive organs and breasts

Breast cancer has been diagnosed slightly more often in women who use the pill than in women of the same age who do not use the pill. This small increase in the number of breast cancer diagnoses gradually disappears during the 10 years after stopping use of the pill. It is not known whether the difference is caused by the pill. It may be that women taking the pill are examined more often, so that breast cancer is more likely to be detected. You should have regular breast examinations by a healthcare provider and examine your own breasts monthly. Tell your healthcare provider if you have a family history of breast cancer or if you have had breast nodules or an abnormal mammogram. Women who currently have or have had breast cancer should not use oral contraceptives because breast cancer is usually a hormone-sensitive tumour. Some studies have found an increase in the incidence of cancer of the cervix in women who use oral contraceptives. However, this finding may be related to factors other than the use of oral contraceptives. There is insufficient evidence to rule out the possibility that pills may cause such cancers.

For clarification, we ask parents to get as much information on the HPV vaccine so that they can make an informed decision. We ask that the HSE would circulate the PIL for the vaccine in the information pack distributed to parents through the school.

If you need to seek further advice talk to your GP and not to celeb seekers.

No one wants any woman to suffer from cervical cancer.