National Cervical Health Month

January 14, 2013

hpv-vaccineJanuary is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Each year, in the US, ~12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Of those, ~4,000 die from the disease. Of the young women eligible for the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, only ~35% have completed the 3-dose series. We can do better!

HPV is a common virus, more than half of sexually active men and women are infected with the virus at some point in their lifetime. The virus spreads through skin to skin contact and can remain dormant, causing no signs or symptoms, and be passed to other partners. Six million new infections occur each year in the US!  And 20 million people have active infections at any given time, including genital warts and cervical infections. The body will clear most infections on its own, but in the process, the virus can cause pre-cancerous changes in the cervix. Those changes are usually found with yearly gynecologic testing, before it progresses into cancer.  Without screenings, the early signs may be missed and the cancer can progress.

The Gardasil HPV (Human Papilloma virus) vaccine is approved not only for females, but males too!  It is recommended starting at age 11 years, but can start as young as 9 years old. It fights the HPV types that most commonly cause cervical cancer. Cervarix is another HPV vaccine, which is only approved for females.

For females, vaccinate early, get regular Pap tests, and have HPV tests if recommended by your gynecologist.  For males, you also need the vaccine! Your pediatrician is a great resource to provide the HPV vaccine and answer any questions.

For more information about the HPV vaccine, see:

Dr. Lloyd is moving!

On May 21st, 2018, she joined Portland Pediatrics! Her new office is located at:
Portland Pediatrics- Webster Office
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1110 Crosspointe Lane, Suite D
Webster, NY 14580
Phone: 585.872.3390

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