Category Archives: HPV

  • Anal Cancer Awareness and HPV

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    Editor’s Note: March 21, 2020 is Anal Cancer Awareness Month. HPV causes a majority (91%) of anal cancers and is preventable through vaccination. Thank you to the Anal Cancer Foundation for allowing us to republish this piece.  On New Year’s Day 2019 my husband and I trekked up to the top of Diamond Hill in […]

  • Listen Up! HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

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    What happens when you bring to HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention champions together? A great conversation about how to encourage parents to start and complete the HPV vaccine series in order to prevent six forms of cancer. For this episode, we brought Minnesota champion Dr. Andrea Singh to talk to Karen and Nathan–the Iowa HPV […]

  • Monogamy is No Failsafe: HPV and Cervical Cancer

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    Editor’s note: This post deals with sexual matters, including non-consensual sexual assault and may not be suited for all audiences. I will always advocate for the HPV vaccine because I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’ve been through. I’ve heard people say the HPV vaccine isn’t necessary, that as long as you’re […]

  • Updates Galore from ACIP and D.C.

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    The past few weeks have been active in the vaccine advocacy world–and in the anti-vaccine activist movement. Normal things, such as the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) meeting and a U.S. Senate hearing have been viewed as nefarious by those who believe the United States vaccine program is part of some kind of profit-driven […]

  • What’s Up with HPV Vaccine Refusal?

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    The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine lags far behind other adolescent vaccines when it comes to immunization rates. In 2016, 60% of adolescents received at least one dose of HPV, while 88% received the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. All of those diseases are serious, and HPV causes six types of cancer, so it […]

  • Fighting HPV and Cancer

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    The past three years have been grueling. During that time, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Adenocarcinoma at age 36.  I was a single mother with two children, ages 6 and 8.  I got the diagnosis in a roundabout way, as, unfortunately, many of us do.  I had had abnormal pap smears starting 8 years […]

  • An Uncomplicated, Straightforward Choice

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    1 Week Prior to Doctor Appointment Zoe: “I don’t want to get a shot. Will I have to get a shot?” Me: “Yes, you will have to get at least one shot.” Zoe: “I DON’T WANT TO GET A SHOT? Why? Why do I have to get a shot?” Me: “To keep you healthy.” Zoe: […]

  • Cancer Prevention for Boys and Girls

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    Who’s your favorite Superman? Christopher Reeve? Dean Cain? Henry Cavill? Ours is Jason Mendelsohn, the unassuming father of three who defeated Stage IV HPV throat cancer in order to urge parents to vaccinate their children in order to prevent it for them. Parents of boys are often confused by the HPV vaccine. Both Nathan and […]

  • My Friend Al: An HPV Story

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    When he turned sixty, my friend Al went for his yearly physical and mentioned to the attending physician that he had a small lump on the side of his neck. The doctor didn’t seem concerned, but three months later the lump had grown. When they biopsied it, it turned out to be a HPV-positive throat […]

  • I Survived What Was Supposed to Kill Me

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    A few years before my diagnosis, I had seen many doctors for irregular bleeding and cramping. Sometimes my paps would come back abnormal and doctors would tell me I had low-grade cell changes on my cervix and that my body would fight it off. Other times I’d undergo an ultrasound to check for endometriosis, but […]