What is the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and when was it founded?
First founded in 1996, The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) is a growing coalition of people battling cervical cancer and HPV related issues.
What is HPV?
Some Fast Facts about Cervical Cancer:
Number of people affected by HPV: About 20 million in the United States. 80% of women by age 50 will test positive for HPV.
New cases each year: 6.2 million
Health effects: Usually causes no symptoms, but certain strains can lead to cervical cancer and/or genital warts.
Cervical cancer data in the United States: 9,700 new U.S. cases a year. 3,700 deaths.
Can HPV be treated?
What can you do?
A vaccine, Gardasil (Approved by the FDA on June 8, 2006), which is effective against four HPV strains is available. Two of the HPV types, Type 16 and 18 cause about 70 percent of cervical cancers. Combined, all four types of HPV in the Merck Gardasil product account for about 90% of Genital warts. It is delivered in a course of the three shots.
Recommended recipients: Girls 11 and 12 years old, or before onset of sexual activity. The vaccine can be given to girls as young as 9. The vaccine is also advised for 13-to-26-year-olds.
Cost: $360 for a set of three shots over a six month period. Now being covered by vast majority of insurers.
Side effects: No serious ones reported; some pain at injection site.
How can I get the vaccine if I don’t have insurance?
Source: National Cervical Cancer Coalition and the CDC.
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