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Tuesday Q-Day: Prevention

Listen up, ladies. An estimated 80 percent of women will get HPV in their lifetime. Shocking, we know.
 
HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a virus that can cause cervical cancer. It’s transmitted through any kind of sexual activity. So why does this concern you if you’re years away from sex? Simple. Gardasil, the vaccine that prevents the HPV infections most likely to cause cancer is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be administered at age 11 or 12 (though it can be given up to age 26).
 
A recent survey by the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) found that 89 percent of women do not feel they are at risk of HPV. (Remember, 80 percent will get it).
 
There’s no reason to freak out. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, and the majority of people live with the virus without even knowing they have it.  For most women, HPV will clear up on its own. However, for an estimated 30 women a day in the United States, cervical cancer develops as a result of an HPV infection—and it’s 100 percent preventable. 
 
Take the time to be in the know about the disease. Fifty-seven percent of mothers surveyed by the GCF still have not had a conversation with their daughters about HPV.  January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month—why not bring it up with your mom yourself?
 
For more info, visit http://www.allaboutcervicalcancer.org/  

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by GL | 2/1/2016
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