Case Study: Caitlin (01:33)
Dr. Salgo introduces panelists. An 11 year-old girl has a well visit; learn what vaccinations her pediatrician will discuss.
Understanding HPV (04:26)
Caitlin's mother wants to know about the HPV vaccine. Panelists cite human papillomavirus statistics and distinguish preventing infection from preventing cancer.
Surviving Cervical Cancer (03:03)
In footage from an earlier "Second Opinion" episode, Christine recalls receiving the diagnosis. Today, she describes her journey through treatment and associated depression. Christine has become an HPV vaccine activist.
Cervical Cancer Risks (02:05)
3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer per year in the U.S., but the cure rate is high for early stages. HPV is ubiquitous; virtually every sexually active woman is at risk of infection.
HPV Vaccine Debate (02:50)
Vaccines must last 15 years to prevent cancer; currently Gardasil lasts 5 years. Panelists caution that vaccines prevent infection but not cancer—despite advertising claims.
Cervical Cancer Prevention Tools (03:32)
In addition to the partially effective HPV vaccine, women and girls should get pap smears and DNA testing. Panelists discuss how to overcome the stigma of a sexually transmitted disease among underage patients and their parents.
Cervical Cancer Treatment (01:36)
Christine describes the impact of undergoing a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation on her life and marriage.
HPV Vaccine Risks (03:38)
Panelists discuss possible side effects. Improvements in pap smear technology mean women have other options—but nothing absolutely prevents cervical cancer.
HPV and Cervical Cancer Education (02:23)
Doctors should discuss HPV vaccine options with patients, but the decision is up to the individual.
Credits: HPV Vaccine/Cervical Cancer: Second Opinion—Taking Charge of Your Health Care (00:57)
Credits: HPV Vaccine/Cervical Cancer: Second Opinion—Taking Charge of Your Health Care
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