​Schneck Raises Awareness During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
January 12, 2017
, "hpv vaccine" January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Schneck Medical Center aims to raise awareness by reminding women of the preventative options that are offered.
In 2016, over 13,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States. It is the fourth leading cause in cancer deaths among women. Cervical cancer is most commonly diagnosed in women ages 20 – 50, but can be diagnosed in women outside of that age range.
Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cancerous cells to arise in the cervix. It typically develops slowly with abnormal cells continuing to change to cancer-like cells. If gone untreated, these cells can develop into cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer was formerly the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. However, with the increase in preventive screenings including the Pap test and vaccinations for HPV, the impact of the disease has lessened over recent years.
According to Sally Acton, RN, BSN, OCN, MSM, Director of Cancer and Palliative Care Services at Schneck, “The most important thing to do to help prevent cervical cancer is to get kids vaccinated with the HPV vaccine.” Sally also encourages women to get their annual exam to lessen their chances of cervical cancer.
HPV can cause certain cancers and diseases in both men and women and, unfortunately, has no signs or symptoms so those who have the virus are unaware of their infection. Every year in the United States, there are 14 million new HPV infections and about 50% of those are in 15-24 year olds. That is around 19,000 teens and young adults daily making vaccinations a health necessity.
According to CDC.gov, all children from 11-12 years old should get two shots of HPV vaccine six to twelve months apart. Adolescents who receive their two shots less than five months apart will require a third dose of HPV vaccine. If your child is older than 14, three shots will need to be given over 6 months. Also, three doses are still recommended for those with certain immunocompromising conditions aged 9 to 26 years.
For more information on cervical cancer or cervical cancer preventative screenings, contact Schneck’s Cancer Center at 812-522-0480.
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