#RAKNEVYROK of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. What you need to know about papillomavirus and what it can do

Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, together with VOGUE magazine with the support of TSUM Kiev, continues the All-Ukrainian project #RAKNEVIROK. It aims to provide psychological support to those already struggling with the disease. And also to remind Ukrainian women of the importance of regular checkups, as early diagnosis saves life and health. As part of the #RAKNEVIROK project, the best specialists in the country talk about how to accept the diagnosis and start fighting the disease.

Oncogynecologist Olga Beloded was the expert for the next broadcast of the project. According to her, the human papillomavirus is one of the most common causes of cancer. Therefore, you should take care of your health in advance.

“Human papillomavirus or HPV is the most studied factor in one of the most common cancers of the female genital system. This is about cervical cancer and this was absolutely proven in 2007. Almost immediately, a vaccine was developed, and the world received treatment for this disease. Developed countries have been actively vaccinating their populations for 14 years already,” said Olga Beloded.

She explained that the HPV vaccine is also available in Ukraine, but its use is not mandatory.

“Thanks to platforms like the one provided by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation today, we can inform women and men that they can already take care of their children themselves today. From the age of 9 to 15, children should be vaccinated against HPV before they become sexually active. Nowadays Ukrainians have the privilege – in our country there is a very high-quality vaccine,” emphasized Olga Beloded.

The expert added that HPV does not only affect women. Four years ago, the results of a study confirming a similar threat to men were made public.

“HPV causes cancer in several locations for both men and women. These are the external and internal genital organs, the anus area and the oropharyngeal tract. We have a vaccine, but we don’t vaccinate. This is a disaster. If we all get vaccinated, the nation will forget about such a disaster as cervical cancer.

The #RAKNEVYROCK project also aims to show, through the real-life stories of heroines, that life after diagnosis is possible and cancer can be beaten. You can leave your story by clicking here https://akhmetovfoundation.org/ru/rinat-ahmetov-poryatunok-zhyttiv/project/raknevyrok.

#RAKNEVYROK by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation was a logical continuation of the CANCER CAN BE CURED program. The Foundation launched this programme in 2008, and it was the first and largest program in Ukraine to help adult cancer patients. About 400,000 Ukrainians (a total of 1.2 million people with cancer in Ukraine) received help thanks to it. We are talking about the procurement of diagnostic equipment for oncological clinics in Ukraine and equipment for complex operations, the launch of mobile antenatal clinics and much more. Every fourth resident of Ukraine has access to modern diagnostic equipment provided by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation to medical institutions in the country.