Cervical Cancer: Are You Aware?

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month. How much do you know about it? Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “about 20 million people in the United States, most in their teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV,” and that HPV (human papillomavirus) causes almost all cervical cancers in women?

Did you know that a lot of this can be prevented with vaccines?

“HPV causes mouth/throat cancer, as well as anal cancer in both women and men.  HPV can cause cancers of the vulva and vagina in women, and cancer of the penis in men. In the United States each year, there are about 18,000 women and 7,000 men affected by HPV-related cancers,” according to the CDC.

The CDC also states that “HPV vaccines offer the greatest health benefits to individuals who receive all three doses before having any type of sexual activity. That’s why HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years.”

Personally speaking, I’m not sure how I feel about these vaccines; although it’s heavily talked about and supported, I still haven’t taken a firm stance on my belief surrounding it. It’s something I need to discuss with my husband, my daughter’s pediatrician, and eventually with my daughter.

According to WebMD, my child could receive this vaccine as early as nine years of age! But this is a common sexually transmitted disease, and I firmly believe that my daughter should NOT be considering a sexual relationship before the end of her high school career. I’d love it if she waited for sex until marriage! Call me naïve, tell me times have changed, and remember that I’m not suggesting these vaccines aren’t necessary.  WebMD states that “most pediatricians recommend routine vaccination against HPV for girls.” I tend to listen to my pediatrician, because … well … I am not a pediatrician.

How do you feel about these newer vaccines?

Are you a fan of vaccinations, or do you tend to shy away from them? Do the endorsements these vaccines receive sway your mind one way or another?

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Cervical Cancer: Are You Aware?

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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3 comments

  1. Ellen says:

    Take your kids; get the shots. I know what I’m talking about.

  2. Erica says:

    *vulvar * pap smears not paper smears! Stupid auto correct!

  3. Erica says:

    I am a supporter of the HPV vaccine. I worked for a gynocolgic oncologist for almost 4 years and the benefit out ways the risk. What I saw when it came to cervical, vulgar, and vaginal cancer was horrifying. The suffering and pain could’ve all been avoided with the use of a vaccine, safe sex education, and annual exams and paper smears. All of these things go hand in hand when preventing these types of cancers.

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