BOSTON (CBS) – January is cervical cancer awareness month and Kate Weissman of Charlestown is hoping her story will inspire women to get potentially life-saving screening tests.
Four years ago, she heard the words that everyone dreads – “You have cancer.”
“It was devastating,” she recalls thinking of that moment alone in her apartment. “I just said to myself, I’m 30 and I’m going to die.”
Weissman endured months of grueling treatment. Doctors initially thought they got it all, but the cancer turned up in her lymph nodes. So she had to go back for more treatment, a full year of chemotherapy and radiation.
“It ravages your body,” she said.
Kate Weissman during her cancer treatment. (Courtesy Photo)
Weissman is now cancer free, but she wants women to know, it should never get that far because with proper screening tests, precancerous cells can be treated before they develop into cancer.
“When you are a cancer survivor you worry about it coming back, every single day,” she said.
For women without health insurance, testing can be out of reach. But the American Cancer Society is trying to eliminate that barrier, according to Lynn Basilio who works for the organization.
“The American Cancer Society doesn’t want cost to get in the way of getting screened,” she said.
The ACS has a hotline (1-800-227-2345) that provides help to anyone looking for help finding and paying for a screening…
AbstractIn 2017, HPV vaccines were first marketed in China. We carried out an investigation among parents of high school students to assess parents ’ knowledge of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV)/HPV vaccines, along with their acceptance of HPV vaccination and the factors that influence it, all of which are essential for targeted education regarding HPV vaccination. A cross-sectional study was conducted among parents of high sch ool students in East China using a pretested questionnaire. Data regarding knowledge of cervical cancer, HPV, HPV vaccines, and acceptance of the vaccines were collected and ana…
First introduced in 2006, the multi-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent most cervical and anal cancers among children and young adults exposed to the virus. It can also prevent the majority of both HPV-driven oral and penile cancers.
In 2018, the number of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) reported in the United States reached an all-time high. This is worrisome for many reasons. Having an STI can raise risks for HIV, infertility, pregnancy complications, and infant death. Fortunately, all of these outcomes can be avoided if people receive appropriate treatment.
What are STIs?
STIs are illnesses caused by microorganisms passed between people during sex. An STI can affect anyone who is exposed to it. Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are the most common bacterial infections. Trichomoniasis, a protozoan infection, is also diagnosed freque…
New evidence published in the Cochrane Library today provides further information on the benefits and harms of different human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and vaccine schedules in young women and men.HPV is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract in both women and men globally (WHO 2017). Most people who have sexual contact will be exposed to HPV at some point in their life. In most people, their own immune system will clear the HPV infection.HPV infection can sometimes persist if the immune system does not clear the virus. Persistent infection with some ‘high-risk’ strains of HPV can lead t…
This study firstly determined the knowledge of risk factors and prevention of cervical cancer. Secondly, it checked an association between mothers’ screening practice and student’s knowledge. A descriptive, cross sectional study was conducted among 253 pairs of high school students and their mothers. Knowledge on cervical cancer was significantly lower among students and mothers. While cancer screening tests, maintenance of hygiene were considered as major preventive measures for cervical cancer, human papilloma vaccine was the least considered preventive measure. Students who were female, attended disc…
Did you know that a viral infection can lead to a number of different types of cancer? If that comes as a surprise to you, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a new study, many people have no idea that a common viral infection called human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause cancer of the genitals, anus, mouth, and throat, as well as cervical cancer.
Viral infections and cancer
The connection between certain viral infections and cancer has been recognized for many years. Some of the most well-established examples include hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and human papillomavirus (HPV). One thing these …
CONCLUSION: It is important to consider a program which will provide accurate information about the HPV vaccination to the community, especially adolescents. Financial management, such as insurance or vaccination savings schemes, may be one way to overcome the problem of the HPV vaccination’s cost.
PMID: 31653141 [PubMed – in process]
CONCLUSIONS: Introducing a two-dose bi-valent HPV vaccination program is cost-effective in Bangladesh at Gavi negotiated prices. Vaccine price is the dominating parameter for the cost-effectiveness of bivalent and quadrivalent vaccines. Both vaccines are not cost-effective at listed prices in Bangladesh. The evaluation highlights that introducing the two-dose bivalent HPV vaccine at Gavi negotiated prices into a national immunization program in Bangladesh is economically viable to reduce the burden of cervical cancer.
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Conclusion: Most of the mothers were willing to vaccinate their daughters with HPV vaccine, but they lack awareness and the financial resources for the access. There is an urgent need for vigorous enlightenment campaigns on HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening. Adding HPV vaccine in the routine immunization program will improve universal access and address financial concerns.
A million teenage boys are being denied a jab which protects against the human papillomavirus (HPV), linked to one in 20 cancers – including cervical, anal and head and neck cancer, campaigners have warned.