In the United States, more than 90,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. Some of these cancers are called “silent killers” because women are often unaware of the signs and symptoms associated with them and do not catch them until it is too late. Hopefully this blog can help women understand what to look for and how to help prevent gynecologic cancers from developing.
This is a question I get asked almost every day by parents of teenage and preteen girls (and some boys). My standard answer is yes. Why? There are very few cancers that we have discovered a vaccine for, and those caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) fall within that category. The HPV vaccine provides almost 100% protection from HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 if all three doses are taken at the correct intervals and if it is given before a person contracts one of these infections.
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.
Did you know that cervical cancer is usually highly curable when caught early through regular screening? Answering yes or no could have a profound effect on your health and life expectancy.