Preventing Cervical Cancer through HPV Vaccination Saves Lives, Money
08/26/2011

While early detection of Cervical Cancer is vital for cancer treatment, preventing the disease all together can save thousands of lives – and even more money.

Online PR News – 26-August-2011 – – BEAVER DAM, WI – While early detection is vital for cancer treatment, preventing the disease all together can save thousands of lives – and even more money.

All women are at risk for cervical cancer, with most cases diagnosed after age 30. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates over 12,000 new cases and more than 4,000 deaths from cervical cancer in the United States each year.

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated $1.4 billion is spent in the United States each year on cervical cancer treatment. Much of this spending can be avoided through a vaccine intended to prevent Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, the leading risk factor for cervical cancer.

The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that genital HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. About 20 million Americans ages 15 to 49 currently have HPV, and it is estimated that at least 80% of Americans carry the virus at some point in their lifetime.

“Cervical cancer is unique in the sense that it is preventable,” says Dr. Effie Siomos, MD, JFACOG, OB/GYN Physician at Beaver Dam Women's Health. “We no longer have to rely solely on cervical cancer screenings to protect women. We can now take steps to prevent the disease entirely. Preventative care not only helps to decrease long-term medical costs, but it also improves the quality of overall health.”

The Center for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Academy of Family Physicians recommend HPV vaccinations for females between the ages of 11-26. Because HPV is most commonly contracted through sexual contact, vaccination prior to sexual activity is a key component to the prevention of this virus.

Gardasil is the most widely used vaccine to prevent HPV. Administered in a series of 3 shots, the vaccination prevents the types of HPV that lead to 70% of all cervical cancer. The vaccine is estimated to cost $360 per person, however many large health insurance companies provide some level of coverage for the vaccine.

Established in 1995, Beaver Dam Women’s Health is a family-owned health clinic that provides high-level obstetric and gynecologic care for women. Beaver Dam Women’s Health is located in Beaver Dam, WI (705 South University Avenue, Suite 300) - (920) 885-6090. For more information on Beaver Dam Women’s Health and their services, go to www.bdwomenshealth.com.