HPV and cancer: what you need to know

Sophie Gluchowski is like every other grandmother; she wants her grandchildren to be healthy. She learned the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine helps protect against cervical cancer. Now, she wants her grandchildren to get the vaccine.

HPV can cause cervical cancer in females. HPV also causes other types of cancer including throat, penile, anal and vaginal cancer. Understanding the risk of HPV is the first step. Gluchowski said, “I think that every adult needs to be informed so that they can take care of their children.”

The vaccine is given in three doses over six months. Males and females between the ages of 9-26 should get the vaccine before they are at risk. She said, “I don’t know why a parent would not want their child inoculated.”

Gluchowski knows the HPV vaccine is an important part of cancer prevention. She encourages others to get the HPV vaccine. She said, “I would stress to every parent, every grandparent this is something you need to look at. People need to stay open and if not for themselves for their children, for the future.

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