Cervical cancer: It could happen to your daughter.
It's hard to think that a disease as devastating as cervical cancer can happen to your daughter—but it can.
Cervical cancer is not hereditary as some believe. It's caused by a common virus called Human papillomavirus (HPV). A virus that girls are most at risk for in their teens and 20s when their bodies are still developing. That's why it's important to do something now to protect your daughter's future.
Cervical cancer — a result of HPV.
Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix—the lower part of the uterus that connects the womb and the vagina.
Vaginal cancer — hard to detect.
85% to 90% of vaginal cancers start in the lining of the vagina and often present no symptoms.
Vulvar cancer — look for early signs.
Burning, itching, painful urination, or raw bumps could signal vulvar cancer, which affects the inner edges of the vagina's outer folds
Precancers — where cancer begins. High-risk types of HPV can cause abnormal cells to form in the cervix, vagina, and vulva. If not detected early, these cells can turn into precancers, and then cancer.
Did you know? Worldwide, over 600 women die each day from cervical cancer.
Do everything you can now. Talk to a doctor about the things that you can do to help protect your daughter from cervical cancer and other HPV diseases.
There are more than 100 types of HPV. But there are 30 types of HPV that can affect the genital area—and some can be serious, even life-threatening.
- Certain types can cause cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer.
- Other types can cause genital warts.
You should know that HPV is a real health concern for your daughter because its effects can last a lifetime.
Some other facts about HPV:
- 3 out of 4 new HPV infections occur in young women aged 15 to 24.
- It is estimated that many people get HPV within their first 2 to 3 years of becoming sexually active.
- About 1 in every 10 people worldwide (approximately 630 million people) have HPV.
Who's at risk for HPV?
- While most women diagnosed with cervical cancer are 35 to 55 years old, many of them were probably exposed to HPV in their youth.
- HPV can affect anyone—both males and females. And, since it has no signs or symptoms, many people don't know they have it—or are passing it on.
- HPV is easily passed on. It can be spread through any kind of intimacy that involves genital contact not just intercourse. That's why it's important to protect your daughter now, before she is exposed to HPV.
It's difficult to think of your daughter suffering from any of these illnesses and ruining her dreams of a healthy future. You can do something to help protect her and her future now.
- Everything I Can Pamphlet. (Accessed May 20, 2010).