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Obtaining an HPV vaccine could save your life

SAN ANTONIO – HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, but doctors say that obtaining a vaccine can save your life.

Treatment has been in place for more than 10 years, and doctors who have begun receiving a vaccine have seen a huge decline in some cases of cancer.

"There is one vaccine and it prevents six different types of cancer, so it's not just cancer prevention in women but also cancer prevention in men," Dr. Anna Taranová, Executive Director for Research and Information Management within the University Health System.

These cancers include cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, back neck cancer, including tonsils and tongue, cancer and lung cancer.

"We bring experts in the field to educate providers about the importance of HPV vaccination for boys and girls aged 11 to 12 but also try to catch patients who are older and have not received vaccines in time," said Taranova.

As far as the vaccination of children is concerned, she said she was not thinking about it, because it only prevents STD.

"Sometimes parents think the HPV vaccine is a green card for sexual activity, but just like a tattoo, it's not a green light that could be fingered on a rusty nail," she said.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of people in the world will get HPV infection. Infections that cause HPV cancer decreased by 71% among adolescent girls. 31,000 cases of cancer would prevent vaccination against HPV every year; this is a visit to the average baseball game.

Taranova continues to fight vaccination not only as a doctor, but also as a parent of two girls alone.

"My elder daughter has already received a vaccine at the appropriate time," she said. "My younger man will come to the vaccine as soon as he grows old."

For more information about family health, contact the phone (210) 358-3045. You can also find other articles from the KENS 5 Wear The Gown.

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