January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
How Can We Eliminate Cervical Cancer and Other HPV-Related Cancers?
You guessed it... The HPV (human papillomavirus virus) vaccine.
Let's dig deeper into the importance of this vaccine:
Vaccines are safe. There is always ongoing monitoring. This is no longer consider a "new" vaccine
HPV vaccines help prevent infections that may cause cancer
Since the vaccine has been out, HPV infections and cervical precancers have significantly decreased
"Among young adult women, infections with HPV types that cause most HPV cancers and genital warts have dropped 71 percent"
Individuals 9-45 years of age are eligible to receive the vaccine, however, it is recommended to start well before your child is sexually active
If you have questions, have an open conversation with your child's provider.