Women’s health is an important subject to talk about. January is Cervical Health Month around the country, and MSCI is doing its part to educate our patients on how to enjoy their best health possible. Cervical health involves screening in particular for HPV and cervical cancer. For women, an annual screening can help with early detection and prevention of cervical cancer, and the HPV vaccine can prevent HPV.
Here are a few facts about HPV:
· Nearly everyone, men and women, will contract HPV at some point in their lives; however, HPV will go away on its own most of the time (9 out of 10 times)
· HPV affects 79 million Americans
· When HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems, including genital warts and HPV-related cancers. These include cancers of the penis, vulva, cervix, vagina, or anus
· Every year, almost 31,000 men and women will develop cancers associated with HPV. Around 28,000 of these cases could be prevented by the HPV vaccine
· HPV can be spread even when there are no signs or symptoms
· Symptoms of HPV can develop years after being infected
· The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV from spreading
· It is recommended by the CDC that all kids ages 11-12 should get two shots of HPV vaccines, twelve months apart
Cervical cancer is another disease that can be screened. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV. Detecting cervical cancer usually results in a successful treatment. To screen for cervical cancer, doctors perform a Pap test. The test checks to see if there are any abnormal cells of the cervix, and if detected, doctors can usually begin treatment right away.
If you need to find an OBGYN in Irving, you can contact our specialists Dr. Frans Beltran and Dr. Kristen Carmichael. Both doctors offer comprehensive women’s health services to help women of any age enjoy their best health. You can learn more about both of these doctors by visiting our OBGYN in Irving website. As we mentioned previously, January is an excellent time to schedule important annual medical appointments, including a women’s wellness exam. Talk to one of our Irving OBGYNs if you have any concerns about your health.