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Tyrone Medical Associates providing cervical cancer vaccine

Tyrone Medical Associates has announced it’s now providing the Gardasil® HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer.
The vaccine is recommended for girls/women age 9-26. The vaccine protects against four HPV types. HPV are common viruses that are passed on through genital contact. The vaccine protects against certain types of HPV that together cause 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts.
Kishor Patel, M.D. pediatrician at TMA said it is recommended that females receive the vaccine before they are sexually active.
“This is because the vaccine is most effective in girls/women who have not yet acquired any of the four HPV types covered by the vaccine. Girls/women who have not been infected with any of those four HPV types will get the full benefits of the vaccine,” said Dr. Patel.
The HPV vaccine is given through a series of three shots over a 6-month period. A good number of insurances now cover the vaccine.
Every year in the United States, about 6.2 million people get HPV. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), HPV is most common in young women who are in their late teens and early 20s. Most of the time, HPV goes away on its own. But sometimes, HPV lingers and causes cellular changes that can lead to cervical cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2006, over 9,700 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3,700 women will die from this cancer in the U.S.
“HPV is common and one cannot predict at what age someone will first be exposed to the HPV virus. Therefore, parents should seriously consider the HPV vaccine when their child is preteen or younger,” said Dr. Patel. “We routinely vaccinate children to protect them from diseases like polio, measles, and diphtheria. We should not ignore this opportunity to protect young women from certain types of cancer.”
In June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed the HPV vaccine for use. According to information provided by the CDC, studies have found the vaccine to be almost 100 percent effective in preventing diseases caused by the four HPV types covered by the vaccine– including precancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina, and genital warts.
For more information on how to receive the HPV vaccine, contact Tyrone Medical Associates at 684-3101.