HPV Vaccinations the Surest Way to Fight Cervical Cancer

Posted on October 11, 2008. Filed under: Cancer, HPV | Tags: , , |

With all of the controversy over mandating vaccinations for the human papilloma virus (HPV) for female immigrants to the U.S. and sixth-grade girls throughout Texas, we shouldn’t lose sight of one key fact: This vaccination saves lives. Period.

As a family physician, I advocate both testing and vaccination for HPV in all of my female patients. Offering vaccinations to 11- and 12-year-old girls is a reasonable and easy way to eradicate deadly cervical cancer.

Every woman should know her HPV status, regardless of her age. HPV is, indeed, sexually transmitted. The virus has many subtypes; some are harmless but others are the likely causes of cervical cancer. The virus can lie dormant for many years before causing infections or cancer. The HPV assay is a highly accurate test that examines the DNA “footprint” of the cells and detects subtypes that are most likely to cause cervical (more…)

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