[SaneVax: The spring issue of Life with Teens weighs in on the HPV vaccine debate. Author Vicki Ritterband’s article presents excellent information from medical experts and parents on both sides of the HPV vaccine controversy. This article is a must read for any parent considering HPV vaccination for their child.]
The HPV Vaccine: Physicians Say Benefits Outweigh Risks
By Vicki Ritterbrand
Should you or shouldn’t you vaccinate?
It’s a question that many parents of teenaged girls and boys are asking about two fairly new vaccines – Gardasil and Cervarix – that protect against human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most common sexual transmitted infection.
When it comes to HPV, cancer of the cervis is the biggest concern, as nearly all cervical cancers are caused by the virus. Less commonly, some types of HPV can also lead to cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx, the middle part of the throat. HPV is a major cause of genital warts in both males and females as well.
Read the entire article here.