Dr Oz, Cervarix & Gardasil HPV Vaccines, Side Effects, Cervical Cancer

Dr. Oz August 20, 2013 Topics – HPV Vaccines, Side Effects, and What You Should Know

Dr. Oz said that 80 percent of the population will contract HPV before they turn 50 years old!  On August 20, 2013 Dr. Oz talks about the virus that is infecting 6 million new people in this country every year.  Many people don’t know a lot about HPV and have a lot of questions that they would like answered.  On 8/20/2013 Dr. Oz answers many of the most common questions about HPV like “What are the side effects?”, “When should I get a vaccine?”, “Is it too late for me to get the vaccine?”, “Does HPV raise my risk for getting cervical cancer”, “Do dental dams or condoms offer protection?”, and more.  Also be sure to check out the segment about pap smears, COBAS tests, HPV tests, and how often you should be tested.

Dr Oz: HPV Vaccination

Dr Oz spent his show talking about HPV cancer risks, HPV Pap Testing, and other HPV questions from viewers who wanted to know more about their risks. Find out about the Gardasil and Cervarix HPV Vaccines and the ages of patients who should get them.

Many people wanted to know more about the HPV Vaccine, which is often a hot topic in health policy. Audience member Kirk lost his daughter four years ago, at age 23, to Cervical Cancer. She was diagnosed shortly after graduating from college and died of cancer within a year.

Cervarix and Gardasil Vaccines Can Prevent HPV-16 & HPV-18

Dr. Oz invited Dr. Karen Harper on to the show to share her thoughts on the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines that are available.  He asked her about the effectiveness of the vaccines to prevent cancers (like cervical) that are thought to be associated with Human papillomavirus.  Dr. Karen Harper said that research has shown that Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines are effective at preventing the virus as well as precancerous lesions.  However, the vaccines do not last indefinitely.  She said that it’s hard to say how long the vaccines will be effective but most physicians think that gardasil and cervarix vaccines can offer protection for 10-15 years.  She also said that these vaccines do not offer protection against all types of HPV that may increase your risk for certain cancers.

At What Age Should You Get The HPV Vaccine?

Dr. Harper stressed that regular screenings and being proactive to any abnormal symptoms that you have is very important.  Early cancer detection offers you the best chance to cure the disease.  So at what age should you consider getting the HPV vaccine?  Dr. Harper said that some children qualify for the vaccine at the age of 9.  She said that age 15 is a good age to have your kids vaccinated against this virus.

Can You Be Too Old To Get An HPV Vaccine?

Dr. Jennifer Ashton said that there is little data that show the effectiveness of HPV vaccines for older women and there are some side effects that you should consider as well.  She said that you can receive a vaccine up to the age of 26.

Side Effects From HPV Vaccines

Dr.  Harper explained to Dr. Oz and the viewers at home that 75 percent of women who receive the vaccine will experience some pain.  They will experience swelling and redness.  She recommends that if you get the vaccine you should sit down for at least 15 minutes after the injection.

Can Gay Men Receive The HPV Vaccine?

Dr. Harper said that there hasn’t been enough research to show if HPV vaccines are effective for long term.  She said that two years after men get vaccinated the protection from certain cancers drops quite significantly.  She said that there needs to be more research performed to know more.

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Guests to be appearing on the Dr. Oz August 20, 2013 Program : Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Dr. Diane Harper, and Mark Hefti