One question I hear a lot from my patients is, “Is there something I can do to keep from getting cervical cancer?” My answer is simple: Yes. There are two ways to stop cervical cancer from developing—the first is to find and treat pre-cancers before they become actual cancers, and the second is to prevent pre-cancers altogether. How do you do this? The best way is to have regular screening tests starting at age 21.
If you’ve been wondering whether your child should get the HPV vaccine, we’re here to shed some light on the subject. Just so you know where we stand on the issue, we firmly believe that preteen and teenage girls and boys should get this vaccine. Why? There are very few cancers that researchers have discovered a vaccine for, and those caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) fall within that category. A recent, very informative blog by Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, explains why getting this vaccine is so important.