HPV-Related Cancers Rising

Started by anonymous, March 14, 2013
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anonymous

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March 14, 2013

In January, the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer revealed that while cancer deaths continue to decrease by a marginal amount, the number of cancer diagnoses related to human papillomavirus (HPV) is increasing, largely fueled by anal and head and neck cancers caused by the virus. Experts find this disconcerting because the rise in HPV-related cancers is largely preventable.

Certain strains of HPV are transmitted during sexual contact, and two approved vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, protect against the virus.

Gardasil has been approved to protect against cervical cancer in females ages 9 to 26. Additional studies have led to the vaccine being approved for prevention of genital warts, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers, and for use in males ages 9 to 26. It is also believed to help prevent HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers. Unfortunately, vaccine rates continue to be low. Only a third of girls and less than 2 percent of boys have received the three doses needed to provide full protection. Controversy over vaccinating children to protect against sexually transmitted disease, the cost (around $400) and fear of side effects have likely led to the low vaccination rates. The Healthy People 2020 initiative, a plan sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes a goal of an 80 percent HPV vaccination rate for girls. The authors of the report expect the rate of vaccination to increase eventually, especially in males, which could have a significant impact on the number of anal and oropharyngeal cancers.

There have been gains in one HPV-related cancer, though. Cervical cancer rates have decreased, most likely attributed to early screening and detection with Pap smears.

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DMS

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April 09, 2015
This is such a scary disease because you do not know who you get it from you can have hpv for a long time usually you can get rid of it but if you don't then it creates the cancer, I know i have it - I could not believe it when the doctor told me it was hpv and one of the highest numbers in the hpv scale I think it was 16, I ended up in surgery and with 30 treatments of radiation. I was married for over 24 years before I lost my husband to cancer and no extra marital affairs, I did have partners before getting married not alot by any means and then after his death i have dated 5 men and 2 of them we had relations of 1 and 1/2 years and no back in my day we did not have the shots available and we did not think of the condoms and so on - people need to realize that if it is available please use your intelligence with it - if it is something that will help you to not get this type of cancer HELLO what is the problem! You need more education available out there for these young adults experimenting with sex because we all think we know everything there is but we really don't and sometimes individuals do not want to talk about sex but it is real and people are doing it! I was diagnosed in 2011 and still am cancer free today but it does not mean that I am hpv free because I am not! If I could have had the choice to have a vacanation to help prevent it I would have done it when I was younger and smarter to have limited my partner's more and used condom's but I was young and knew everything but even being older it is hard to realize at my age this happening so please use the education of this to help other's - it is a killer and it also can dismember your looks along with your soul and all it takes is one shot and a condom to stop this!
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