Wednesday, January 19

– What Martine Lunde does here can ultimately save lives

– If this means that only one person goes to take a cervical sample, then I am satisfied, says influencer Martine Lunde in an interview with Good evening Norway.

The new season of the TV series The Bloggers, premieres on January 3, 2022. Here we get to follow Lunde when she will take her very first cervical test at the gynecologist.

Watch the full interview in the video at the top of the case

Cervical cancer and the cervical program

Around 4,000 women in Norway are treated each year for high-grade cell changes (precursors to cancer).

Mild cell changes often go away on their own, but must be followed up with a new cell sample and HPV test every twelve months until the cell sample is normal and the HPV test is negative.

This is how the risk can be reduced

  • Follow The cervical program by booking an appointment with the doctor when you are reminded to take the test.
  • If the test shows that further investigations are necessary, it is important that you meet for a new appointment when you receive the summons.
  • To take The HPV vaccine reduces the risk of becoming infected with HPV.

    The vaccine is offered free of charge to girls and boys in 7th grade. For adults, doctors can prescribe the HPV vaccine and it can be prescribed by a doctor, medical secretary, health nurse or nurse.

  • Be non-smoking

Source: The Cancer Society

She herself is open about the fact that she was one of many who dreaded taking the test.

– I think there are extremely many who are like me, who go and dread and postpone it time and time again. But when I got there, I thought, “Oh, my God, is this what I’ve been going through?”

1100 can have severe cell changes

The cervical program regularly sends reminders to all Norwegian women between the ages of 25 and 69 when it is time to take a new cervical sample. Still, there are many who do not take the call:

Figures from the Cancer Registry show that more than 200,000 women in Norway have not taken a cervical sample in ten years or more. Roughly estimated, there were 55,000 fewer than expected who took a cervical sample last year.

Based on previous statistics, a probable estimate is that 1100 of these 55,000 women have serious cell changes and about 55 may have cancer, says Secretary General of the Cancer Society, Ingrid Stenstadvold Ross to Good evening Norway.

HYLLER LUNDE: Secretary General Ingrid Stenstadvold Ross praises Lunde for highlighting the importance of checking. Photo: Jorunn Valle Nilsen

Tributes to Martine Lunde

– No women like to have a cervical smear, but some are more afraid than others. Maybe this is exactly the push they need to book an appointment with their doctor? What Martine Lunde does here can ultimately save lives. I am happy, grateful and moved that she chooses to use her position in this way, Ross says.

Before the pandemic, participation in the Cervical Program was over 70 percent, and it was increasing. The Cancer Registry’s minimum goal is for the coverage rate to be up to 80 per cent, following a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO). During the pandemic, however, participation has fallen below 70 percent. The decline is most pronounced among women over the age of 40.

“It is very rare that we can prevent cancer as targeted as cervical cancer: If you take the HPV vaccine and follow the cervical program all the way from the age of 25 to 69, you can in practice avoid becoming seriously ill with cervical cancer,” Ross explains.

She goes on to say that this is a cancer that is developing slowly.

– This form of cancer develops slowly. If you go to the doctor every time you receive a reminder from the Cancer Registry, the disease will be detected so early that you have good prognoses. The goal is to detect cell changes before they have time to develop into cancer, the Secretary General concludes.

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