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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 ...

How Necessary Is HPV Cervical Cancer Screening for Women After Age 55?

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) has become the standard of care in screening for cervical cancer. But now, Canadian researchers say it may become unnecessary in women aged 55 or older who have one negative result with the test. The DNA-based HPV test is highly accurate in detecting 14 high-risk strains of the virus that causes the majority of cervical cancers. In ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Is the Pap Smear On the Way Out?

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – The Pap test, used for over 50 years to spot the early signs of cervical cancer, may soon become a thing of the past, new research suggests. Its replacement? The human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Nearly all cervical cancer cases are linked to HPV infection, and HPV testing detected pre-cancers earlier and more accurately than the Pap test among the 19,000 women in the ...

No Link Between HPV Vaccine, Autoimmune Diseases: Study

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Immunizing girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn't increase their risk for autoimmune diseases, according to new research from Canada. HPV is the world's most common sexually transmitted disease, affecting up to 75 percent of sexually active people and is the main cause of cervical cancer. Gardisil, the quadrivalent HPV4 vaccine, protects against up to 90 percent ...

Many Doctors Don't Push HPV Shots Equally. See Who's Left Out

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Teen boys in the United States are less likely than girls to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) because many doctors don't recommend the shots to boys' parents, researchers say. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, mouth and throat cancers. The HPV vaccine is recommended as a routine childhood ...

Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat. It's known that strains of the virus can cause cervical cancer. And the virus can also cause certain forms of head and neck cancer, according to researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Testing can detect HPV before it leads to cervical cancer. However, that's not the case for ...

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