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Jan 05
2011

Cervical cancer prevention: Don't become a statistic

Posted by jfrancis in women's health , prevention , pre-cancers , Pap test , January , HPV , cervical

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ForCervical cancer prevention: Don't become a statistic those who are not already aware, the month of January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month. This is the time to alert all women to get themselves tested for cervical cancer and HPV, because as the second leading cancer in women worldwide it important that this issue is brought to the forefront. Yet despite its seriousness, there are in fact ways to prevent this disease from developing. The first way is to find and treat pre-cancers before they have the chance to develop into true cancers and the second way is to prevent the pre-cancers from happening in the first place.

The most effective way of preventing cervical cancer and locating pre-cancers is by having regular screenings. The most common way of screening is through the Pap test, also known as a Pap smear. Now many women may be wondering what they should be doing to take the necessary precautions to prevent this disease. Fortunately the American Cancer Society has developed a set of guidelines to help with early detection.

  • All women should begin cervical cancer testing three years after they have started having sexual intercourse. Women who partake in a conventional test should be tested annually, while women who use a liquid based Pap test should be tested every two years.
  • Starting at age 30, women who have had three or more normal test results in a row can be tested less often. Although some women, such as women with a weakened immune system, women who were exposed to DES before birth, and women with a history of treatment for pre cancer should continue to have annual screenings.
  • Women over thirty with healthy immune systems and no abnormal screening results can be tested only every three years.
  • Women 70 years of age or older who have had three or more normal test results in a row and have not have had any abnormal test results in the past ten years can chose to stop having cervical cancer screenings. Women with a history of cervical cancer, HIV infection, weak immune system, or were exposed to DES before birth should continue with testing as long as they are healthy enough.
  • Women who have had a hysterectomy may also chose to stop having cervical cancer screening as long as that hysterectomy wasn’t as a result of a cervical cancer treatment. If it was, then they should continue with testing. Women who have had a hysterectomy without the removal of the cervix must still continue with regular testing.

Though having the Pap test done is a great step towards the prevention of cervical cancer, it is not the only one. The most important risk factor for developing cervical cancer is infection with the human papilloma virus (a.k.a. HPV). So it is vital that in addition with getting the Pap smear all women should also talk to their doctors about being tested for HPV.

Sep 13
2010

Gardasil for Men

Posted by cleanclosets08 in men , HPV , gardasill

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       We’ve all heard of Gardasil for women which is a vaccination for HPV, human papillomavirus virus which could potentially lead to cervical cancer in women.  But, through research and experimenting, it is now possible for men to get the Gardasil vaccination. 

The vaccination can be given to men between the ages 9 and 26, just like for women.  It can help prevent genital warts on men from the 6 and 11 types of HPV.  According to the FDA, “about two of every 1,000 men in the United States are newly diagnosed with HPV.”

       It is important to speak to your doctor about receiving the Gardasil vaccination to help protect yourself from HPV.  It is the most commonly spread STD in the United States.  

Jul 02
2010

HPV

Posted by smoothmoves in warts , virus , vaccine , sti , STD , sex , HPV , disease , defense , 

smoothmoves

Did you realize that HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections? It is so common that statistics are showing that at least 50% of sexually active men and women will contract a strain of HPV at some point in their lives. Nearly 20 million Americans are currently infected and 6 million people become newly infected yearly. Most people living with HPV do not realize they are infected with the virus or that they are passing it to a sexual partner. Often they will not develop signs or symptoms and in 90% of all cases the body’s immune system will naturally clear the virus within 2 years. It is also possible to pass the virus on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact even if the infected partner shows no signs or symptoms.

 

Jun 04
2010

Female Health!

Posted by jross713 in HPV , gynecologist , female health

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Ladies let’s face it: we all have to go to the gynecologist in order to maintain proper female health. The pelvic exam and the Pap test are merely two of the evils we have to face, but if you’re 18 or older or you’re sexually active and you’ve never experienced either of these, you better get on the phone and make an appointment. Whether you get a recommendation for a gynecologist from your general practitioner, or you go to a local family planning clinic, it is important to schedule examinations every six months, or once a year minimum. Keep in mind: if it’s been longer than a year since your last Pap smear, you’re due for some fun.

 

It’s nice to keep a serious topic lighthearted, but it’s important to remember why getting a regular examination is so important. Female health is no joke. It’s vital that your uterus, ovaries, cervix, and vaginal walls stay free of any menacing bumps or sores that could lead to an infection or be indicative of something worse. It may be uncomfortable, but remember that your gynecologist isn’t there to judge you. They only want to ensure that you maintain the best possible health.