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Sharp Jabs: The Politics of HPV Vaccines

Sep 23, 2011 | Cervical cancer |HPV |Women's Health |Adolescent health | Comments (0)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are back in the news, and this time for reasons not related to research results that show how effective the vaccines are in preventing HPV infections and related diseases.


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Winning! Expansion of Women’s Preventive Health Services a Reality

Aug 18, 2011 | Women's Health |HPV |Cervical cancer |Reproductive health | Comments (0)
We’ve just had a substantial victory for women’s health. A landmark report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calls for a number of women’s health services – including HPV testing in women over 30- to be added to a list of interventions covered by insurance plans at no cost.

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We Have the Means to Prevent Cervical Cancer. What About the Will?

Mar 9, 2011 | Cervical cancer |HPV |Women's Health | Comments (1)

"India, the second most populous country in the world, accounts for 27% (77,100) of the total cervical cancer deaths.”
–From Global Cancer Statistics, published in the American Cancer Society’s journal for clinicians.

27%. More than 1 in 4. Wow.


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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Jan 25, 2011 | Women's Health |HPV |Cervical cancer | Comments (1)

The American Social Health Association (ASHA) wants to encourage you to get tested this month – January – or do it in your birthday month so you’ll remember!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that every year in the U.S alone there are 12,000 cases of Cervical Cancer; 4,200 of those cases result in death. Those are sad and tragic numbers that can be lowered!


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Survey Says: Docs Pap Testing Too Much

Jun 17, 2010 | Women's Health |HPV |Cervical cancer | Comments (1)

The L.A. Times recently posted an article about a CDC survey that found most physicians don’t follow guidance about the frequency of cervical cancer screening. I encourage you to read it and provide feedback!

Many women are used to being “screened” for cervical cancer – that is, having a Pap test – every year. Cervical cancer tends to develop slowly, though, and current research shows that for most women, annual Pap tests aren’t needed.


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