What Parents Should Know About the HPV, or Cervical Cancer, Vaccine


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There are many types or strains of HPV. Most types do not cause cervical cancer. However, certain strains of HPV are more likely to lead to the disease.

For example, one study found four cervical cancer-causing HPV types in 3.4% of women studied. If that rate of infection is true for all women in the United States, then about 3.1 million U.S. females may now be infected with these four HPV types. These women are at risk of developing cervical cancer.

In 2007, the United States will have about 11,150 new cases of cervical condoms, which offer some, but not complete, protection against HPV, cervix that can lead to cancer. Catching problems early provides the chance for more effective treatment.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends starting Pap screening in girls and young women as follows:

  • Within 3 years of becoming sexually active.
  • By age 21.

Most girls taking the vaccine will probably need fewer Pap smears taken at longer intervals over their lifetimes.