Dr. Oz: Parents and HPV
Kirk was on the set to talk about losing his daughter to cervical cancer when she was only 23 years old.
Kirk said he never expected to be dealing with terminal cancer that developed from an STD. He said a lot of things began to come out of wood work after his daughter died, seeing new things everyone could have done to prevent his daughter’s death. She had a screening and pap smear, both of which came back fine, just months before she died.
Kirk wants parents to know that they need to learn about HPV, learn about the screening tests and be proactive in their children’s health by giving them the HPV vaccine.
Dr. Oz: Gardasil Vaccine
Dr. Diane Harper, who is the world authority on HPV vaccines, said vaccine trails in women lasted four years and showed that Gardasil could prevent HPV 16 and 18, which are the two strands of HPV most commonly leading to cervical cancer. She also said it can prevent the cancer and the precancerous lesion. Yet, as good as the vaccine sounds, Dr. Harper said the vaccine can only protect a woman for 10 to 15 years and does not guard against all cancerous strands of HPV.
She said the most important thing is to be screened and to pay attention to any symptoms, although there usually are none.
Dr. Oz: When to Get HPV Vaccinated
Dr. Harper said girls can be vaccinated as young as 9-years old but she would not do it that early. Dr. Harper said a good age would be around 15, when the vaccine will be most effective during a woman’s most “active” years. It can be given later as well, although the study for the vaccine only went up to 26-year-olds.
Dr. Haper said there is very little research on how well the vaccine will work for women in there 30s and 40s. She recommended seeing a physician about it if considering taking the vaccine at a later age.
Dr. Oz: Vaccine Side Effects
Dr. Harper said 75 percent of women will get pain and redness in the area where the vaccine is injected. They may also feel light headed and woozy from the vaccine. She recommended sitting down when getting the vaccine administered and staying seated for 15 minutes. She said there are rare and uncommon side effects but since they do not occur in more than 1 in 10,000 patients, the CDC does not think it is a considerable risk. Again, she said to consult a physician to see if the vaccine is right for you.
Dr. Oz: HPV Vaccine in Gay Men
Dr. Harper said one of her boys, who is gay, opted to get the vaccine. She said he knew it had only been tested in men for three years and the data was insufficient. She said she does not know if it will help him or not, but he decided to get the vaccine.
Dr. Ashton said the vaccine is FDA approved for male patients though, and for anal cancer prevention, She is hoping the FDA approval for oral cancer prevention happens sooner than later.
Dr. Oz: HPV Online Chat
Dr. Oz is asking everyone to get involved in spreading the knowledge about HPV. He is also recommended everyone go to his website and become part of the HPV discussion he is trying to start.