Opinion by darioringach
May 11, 2010
Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to serious complications, including genital warts and cervical cancer. Approximately 20 million americans are infected with HPV, with another 6 million becoming infected each year. Each year, about 12,000 women get cervical cancer, and about 5,000 are expected to die from it.
Fortunately, today there are two vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, that can be used by women to prevent most cervical cancers. The vaccines prevent the infection, they are not cure. For this reason, they are recommended before girls have their first sexual contact, at ages 11 or 12. The vaccine has nearly 100% effectiveness.
Are you planning to give the gift of nearly 100% effective cervical cancer prevention to your daughter?
Please make sure you read my comment at the end of the article.