HPV (the human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. There are many types of HPV, and if undiagnosed or untreated, some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancer, including cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer prevention is now possible with the HPV vaccine, which is recommended for boys and girls at age 11 or 12 years (and for everyone through age 26 years, if not vaccinated already). It is important for parents to discuss the timing of this vaccine with their pediatrician.
As we know, regular PAP smear screenings for women can help detect cervical cancer in early stages when it is very treatable. You can find more information about cervical cancer here: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/cervical-cancer
If you have questions about cervical cancer, reach out to your Work Stride oncology nurse navigator, at 844-446-6229 or by email, at email@example.com.
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