Barbara Schroeder. MD - Obstetrics & Gynecologist
 
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Screening of Gynecology Cancer

Some gynecologic cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common sexually transmitted infection. Vaccines protect against the HPV types that most often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. It is recommended for 11- and 12-year-old girls. (Note: The vaccine can be given to girls beginning at age 9.) It also can be given to females who are 13–26 who did not get any or all of the shots when they were younger. Ideally, girls should get three doses of this vaccine before their first sexual contact. If you or someone you care about is in this age range, talk with a doctor about it. (The HPV vaccine also is recommended for boys and young men.)

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