A new DNA study found that more than two-thirds of healthy Americans have one or more strains of human papillomavirus in their skin, vagina, mouth, or gut. Researchers, however, insist that people should not overreact to these findings “until the harm or benefit of most of these strains becomes apparent.”
About 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer each year. While this number has not gone up, researchers have recalculated the rate of cervical cancer in the country and found that it’s higher than we thought, with some groups at much higher risk than previously believed.
Breast cancer advocates see the Affordable Care Act as a huge win for Black women, for whom breast cancer is the second most common cancer. But improving access won’t address our fear and the stigma associated with illness and poverty; stories of survival can.
This week, a new study showed a possible reason for the link between chlamydia and cervical cancer, UNAIDS found that seven African countries have reduced new HIV infection rates in children, and a Disney Channel show is set to feature a pre-schooler with two moms.
In poor countries, cervical cancer is often the most common cancer-related death among women, or even the leading cause of death for women, period.
When it comes to HPV, somehow many parents still have it backwards—in reality, the HPV vaccine is safe, but cervical cancer is both dangerous and all too common.
The Sidney Hillman Foundation, a New York nonprofit honoring excellence in journalism, announced today that Bob Ortega of the Arizona Republic has won the February Sidney Award for sounding the alarm about a faulty test for HPV.
While we await the expected and demonstrated good news of few cervical and other cancer deaths among person immunized against HPV, a recent study from Denmark already shows us that vaccination can significantly reduce genital warts.
As colleagues and legislators, we have been discussing the current status and future of reproductive health care in Texas. Recent political discourse has prompted us to reignite a community conversation in hopes of raising some awareness about the intersections of race, class, and gender when it comes to health care.
Dr. Oz’s segment on HPV left much to be desired. It didn’t speak to all people at risk of HPV and cervical cancer, and deep ignorance was on display in the comments of some so-called expert panelists.