Reducing Risks for HPV and Cervical Cancer
WINFIELD, Ill., April 3, 2007 — Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that is so common that, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 20 million people are currently infected with it and about 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year. Some kinds of HPV may cause problems like genital warts or cervical cancer.
In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a resistance vaccine called Gardasil, which is approved for girls and women ages 9-26. Senate Bill 155, not up for a full Senate debate this year, would have required the HPV vaccine for girls entering the sixth grade. However, the bill passed a Senate committee – with a much less strict ruling, allowing for parents to opt out of the mandatory vaccine simply by signing an opt-out agreement.
On Wednesday, April 11, Dr. Susan Acuna, of Women’s Touch Healthcare, will offer a free presentation called Human Papillomavirus: What Everyone Needs to Know. The session will be from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and includes a free dinner.
Dr. Acuna will cover how people get HPV, the signs and symptoms, and how to reduce risk of HPV and cervical cancer.
This adult presentation is free, but reservations are required – please call 630-933-4CDH (4234) to reserve your space. Reservation is required for admittance.
For more information about these or other events at CDH, visit Central DuPage Hospital’s website at www.cdh.org or contact Information and Physician Referral at (630) 933-4CDH.
Amy Jo Steinbruecker