Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are back in the news, and this time for reasons not related to research results that show how effective the vaccines are in preventing HPV infections and related diseases.
"India, the second most populous country in the world, accounts for 27% (77,100) of the total cervical cancer deaths.â€ť
â€“FromÂ Global Cancer Statistics, published in the American Cancer Societyâ€™s journal for clinicians.
27%. More than 1 in 4. Wow.
The American Social Health Association (ASHA) wants to encourage you to get tested this month â€“ January â€“ or do it in your birthday month so youâ€™ll remember!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that every year in the U.S alone there are 12,000 cases of Cervical Cancer; 4,200 of those cases result in death. Those are sad and tragic numbers that can be lowered!
The L.A. Times recently posted anÂ article about a CDC survey that found most physicians donâ€™t follow guidance about the frequency of cervical cancer screening. I encourage you to read it and provide feedback!
Many women are used to being â€śscreenedâ€ť for cervical cancer â€“ that is, having a Pap test â€“ every year. Cervical cancer tends to develop slowly, though, and current research shows that for most women, annual Pap tests arenâ€™t needed.