Cancer is no doubt a big issue nowadays. And according to Dr. Tara Narula, a vaccine can actually prevent us from this dreadful disease, if only people would take it.
There is one in four Americans people and about 80 million of us infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Its infection is transmitted through sex, and the big problem is that most people do not feel its symptoms or health problems. There are 30,000 people in America are infected with cancer each year.
HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer in women and also cause of many vaginal, throat, Vulvar, tongue, tonsilar, anal and penile cancers.
Now here, the good news is that a vaccine for HPV that can use for prevention of cancer is recommended for all kids ages 11 to 12 years before they getting infected by the virus, this will really be helpful.
In America, only 50% boys and 63% girls are getting the vaccine that is most underutilized immunization for children.
For cancer doctors, this is a public health crisis. So who is responsible?
The problem is due to pediatricians and other providers who don’t take interest in talking to parents about it. According to the study, the physician is the most important factor in whether children get the vaccine.
But you can’t forget the parents’ role here. Many people skip the vaccine even they know, their child will eventually be sexually active. A recent TV ad portrays adults diagnosed with cancer asking their parents: “Who knew that there was something that could have helped protect me from HPV when I was 11 or 12, way before I would even be exposed to it? Did you know? Mom? Dad?”
Most people have doubts about the safety of the vaccine. But dozens of research confirms it is safe.
You can imagine by this, Australia, Canada, the U.K even Rwanda have HPV vaccination rates nearly double than America.
The CDC has been trying to spread the message across: “the HPV vaccine prevents cancer. It saves lives.”
We need to do better at protecting our children from cancers they never need to get.