A 2022 Physician's Guide to Hopes and Challenges of Cervical Cancer Eradication
Each year more than 14,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 people will die from it. However, cervical cancer is a very preventable disease.
Each year, 14,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer.
We have known since the 1990’s that HPV causes cervical cancer, and that HPV vaccines are among the most effective immunizations available, worldwide. Recent studies have documented significant declines in cervical cancer among populations with high HPV vaccination rates. These vaccines are safe and very effective, preventing over 99% of some HPV types in women who have not yet been exposed. Young adult patients up to age 26 may be more receptive to HPV vaccination than older populations.
Each year, 4,000 women will die from cervical cancer.
We know that HPV vaccination rates are higher in states where adolescents can receive the vaccines without obtaining parental consent. Unvaccinated patients ages 27–45 may also discuss their risk of new HPV infection and the potential benefits of HPV vaccination with their physician. Parents will hopefully emphasize the significance of obtaining the vaccine to protect their children from a variety of HPV-related cancers and other conditions, namely condyloma (genital warts).
Cervical cancer is a very preventable disease.
Patients with a cervix who have not been vaccinated and who have not undergone recommended screening also remain at risk. Moreover, smoking and a compromised immune system are risk factors.
Current HPV testing does not cover all strains of HPV and HPV infection; also, persistence (latency) and reactivation in older women require further investigation.
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