HPV Vaccine Awareness
At RN Cancer Guides, we devote ourselves to supporting patients and their families through a cancer diagnosis. We know all too well the impact of this disease. This is why we have joined a new awareness movement about its prevention with Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Florida’s Bay area doctors who are promoting the HPV Awareness & Action Campaign.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) spreads by skin-to-skin contact and is responsible for a host of cancers from cervical to oral. It is not only a common virus, it is one easily transmitted and not typified by apparent symptoms.
The HPV vaccine, which is administered in a series of three shots over a six month period, provides protection for both sexes against HPV infection and the cancers it causes.
While safe and effective, a controversy has erupted over the optimum age for it to be administered. The vaccine produces higher antibodies to fight infection when given at a younger age. For it to work optimally, the HPV vaccine should be given well before a child is sexually active. Considering susceptibility is possible from their very first sexual encounter, these measures are precautionary.
In a June 30th Tampa Tribune article Congresswoman Castor stated, “We haven’t found the cure for cancer, but if you can get three shots to prevent cervical cancer, that’s revolutionary.”
Here in Florida, we have the lowest rate for vaccination and not surprisingly, one of the highest counts of cervical cancer cases in the country. This vaccine will protect a whole new generation from the horrors of a cancer diagnosis caused by this virus.
According to the CDC:
Each year United States, about 19,000 cancers caused by HPV occur in women and cervical cancer is the most common. Every year, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,000 women die from it in the United States. About 8,000 cancers caused by HPV occur each year in men in the United States and oropharyngeal cancers are the most common.
The CDC offers a great Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page with more detailed information.
We are proud to join the congresswoman and other local healthcare professionals to spread the word about the positive impact such a preventative measure will bring.
The pre-teen years may seem like a young age to be addressing sexual activity, but if it provides parents the chance to safeguard their children against future consequences, it is worth getting educated on this anti-cancer strategy.
If you, or someone you know has young children, please post this blog on your social media platforms and help us take action to build life-saving awareness.