Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, but it can be prevented. Two experts join host Andrew Schorr for a discussion on how women can lower their risk of contracting HPV (the virus that causes cervical cancer). The guests are Dr. Laura Koutsky, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington Medical Center, and Dr. Barbara Goff, a physician and Professor and Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Washington Medical Center.
The HPV vaccine has recently been approved by the FDA for girls as young as 9 years old. When combined with regular Pap smears, the vaccine could make most types of cervical cancer entirely preventable. Both Dr. Goff and Dr. Koutsky help listeners to understand the vaccine's side effects, risks, costs, what to expect from the vaccine and why they think it's so important. Dr. Goff also tells us how often women should get Pap smears and what exactly a Pap smear does, as well as the role genetics can play in cancer development. She also talks about treatment for cervical cancer once it has developed. Dr. Koutsky discusses the importance of vaccines from a public health perspective and talks about new research projects.
If you are a young woman or if you have a daughter, now is the time to have a conversation with your doctor about the HPV vaccine. Listen to this webcast to hear two knowledgeable experts in the field explain how cervical cancer develops and respond to concerns about the HPV vaccine. Dr. Koutsky and Dr. Goff explain why preventative measures are the key to stopping this very prevalent disease.
Laura Koutsky, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology, UW MedicineDr. Laura Koutsky is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Koutsky's research interests are in the acquisition and natural history of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and the prevention of HPV-related genital tract neoplasms. She received her Masters in Public Health and her Doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. more >