There’s been plenty of news surrounding vaccinations lately, thanks to the frightening uptick in reported measles cases. And while most conversations about vaccines center around babies and children, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a statement encouraging adults to get vaccinated for HPV, the virus that can lead to cervical cancer in women.
The HPV vaccine was once only offered to kids and young adults ages 9 to 26, according to Professional Gynecological Services, an advanced OBGYN practice in Brooklyn, but the FDA now recommends that adults up to 45 years old should also get vaccinated.
High-risk Strains of HPV Can Lead to Cervical Cancer
HPV is super common since it’s spread easily through sexual contact (condoms help cut risk but the virus can still be spread by skin-to-skin contact). Seventy-nine million Americans have it, and most don’t know they do since it’s usually symptomless. In the majority of cases HPV is no big deal, won’t lead to health problems, and usually goes away on its own, but high-risk strains of HPV can lead to cervical cancer, which is why it’s important to get regular pap smears and an HPV test, all of which you can easily check off your list at a healthcare facility like Professional Gynecological Services in Brooklyn. And if you’re 45 or under and haven’t gotten the HPV vaccine, now is the time.
Cervical Cancer in Women
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, with approximately than 13,170 cases expected to be diagnosed this year and more than 4,000 of them leading to death. So, whether you’re in Brooklyn or Boise, get the HPV vaccine and hopefully we can turn cervical cancer into a thing of the past.