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Vaccine, Screening Can Prevent Cervical Cancer Deaths

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 – About 4,000 women in the United States die from cervical cancer each year – even though there's a preventive vaccine and screening to catch the disease early. "When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable," said Dr. Sarah Ramirez, a family medicine physician with Penn State Health. "So it's important to make sure you are being screened for this disease." ...

Health Tip: Understanding the HPV Vaccine

Posted 8 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The HPV vaccine protects against human papillomavirus, which has been shown to cause cancer in males and females, the American Cancer Society says. More than 270 million doses have been administered since 2006, reports the society, saying studies have shown the vaccine is safe. The society adds: The HPV vaccination is for boys and girls. It helps prevent infection with the most common types ...

HPV Vaccination Rates Continue to Lag in U.S.

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – HPV vaccination rates are still too low to cut cervical cancer cases as much as is possible in the United States, a new report warns. While HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination has increased in recent years, rates remain well below the federal government's Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent of age-eligible adolescents, according to the recent report. "We have a ...

The Real Reasons Parents Refuse HPV Vaccination

Posted 30 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 – Safety concerns are a main reason American parents hesitate to have their children vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study. The finding challenges a common reason given by doctors for not recommending the vaccine more forcefully – that parents are concerned the vaccination will lead to greater sexual activity ...

Preteens' HPV Shot Won't Encourage Early Sex, Study Says

Posted 15 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – Despite some parents' fears, girls who get vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) do not see it as permission to have sex, a new study finds. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vagina, penis, anus and throat. Experts recommend that all kids ages 11 and 12 be immunized. "We already know this vaccine is ...

HPV Vaccine Approved for People Through Age 45

Posted 9 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the Gardasil 9 human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been expanded to include people ages 27 through 45, the agency said in a news release. Gardasil 9, approved in 2014 for people ages 9 through 26, is the follow-up vaccine to the original Gardasil, which was approved in 2006 and is no longer sold in the United States. The ...

FDA Approves Expanded Use of Gardasil 9 to Include Individuals 27 Through 45 Years Old

Posted 5 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

October 5, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a supplemental application for Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) expanding the approved use of the vaccine to include women and men aged 27 through 45 years. Gardasil 9 prevents certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine HPV types covered by the vaccine. “Today’s approval represents an ...

More Preteens Need HPV Shots to Meet Public Health Goal

Posted 4 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 – Current rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among preteens are too low to achieve goals set by the American Cancer Society, according to a new study. The cancer society wants an 80 percent vaccination rate among 13-year-olds by 2026. But this new report says an additional 14 million youngsters ages 11 to 12 would have to be vaccinated in the next eight years ...

Cancer Advances Rely on U.S. Funding: Report

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Almost two dozen new cancer treatments received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in the past year, a new report reveals. These treatments include innovative immunotherapies that target cancer cells (called CAR T-cell therapies) and targeted radiotherapies, according to the report from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Government-funded ...

HPV Vaccine Doesn't Put Girls' Fertility at Risk: Study

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 – HPV vaccination does not hurt teen girls' future fertility, a new study says. Large studies have called the HPV (human papillomavirus) shot safe, but vaccination rates in the United States are lower than for other shots recommended for teens, such as tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate. Parents' concerns about safety, including the ...

HPV Vaccination Rates Rising Among U.S. Teens

Posted 23 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 – HPV vaccination rates continue to climb in the United States, jumping a full 5 percentage points between 2016 and 2017, a new government report shows. Nearly 66 percent of boys and girls aged 13 to 17 received the first dose in the vaccine series in 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers. Further, nearly 49 percent of ...

HPV Test May Replace Pap for Some Women, New Guidelines Say

Posted 21 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 – The Pap smear has long been the gold standard for cervical cancer screening, but an expert panel now says the HPV (human papillomavirus) test is also an option for women over 30. These women now have three choices under new recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF): A Pap test screening every three years. An HPV test alone every five ...

Promoting HPV Vaccine Doesn't Prompt Risky Sex by Teens: Study

Posted 13 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 – Controversial state laws that promote vaccinating kids against the human papillomavirus (HPV) do not increase the likelihood that teens will engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study contends. "Parents and caregivers, as well as policy makers, should not be wary of policies or legislation related to HPV education or [vaccine] access, as our study does not show any ...

Catch-Up HPV Shots Work for Teen Girls

Posted 8 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are effective for teen girls who didn't get the recommended shots when they were 11 or 12, researchers report. The Kaiser Permanente study of more than 25,000 women aged 26 and younger found that those who got all three doses of the vaccinations between ages 14 and 20 were protected against the virus that is spread through sexual ...

HPV Shot Eliminates Advanced Skin Cancer in 97-Year-Old

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – Two years ago, Ian McKenzie thought his mom's remaining days were dwindling. The 97-year-old woman had developed a severe case of what was thought to be an untreatable form of squamous cell carcinoma, the second leading form of skin cancer. Lesions had developed over much of her right leg, in such numbers and size that chemotherapy and surgery were ruled out as ...

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