SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2010 -- Seattlepi.com 'Body and Mind: A Forum on Health' bloggerBarry Thompson M.D., M.A., focused his Jan. 27 post on the human papilloma virus (HPV) since January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) has recently been shown to be the single most important risk factor for cervical cancer. Fortunately, both the incidence and mortality rates for cervical cancer in the United States have been falling. According to the National Cancer Institute, the incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer were roughly 6-14 per 100,000 women and 2-5 per 100,000 women in 2005.
For this piece, which is the first in a series on the topic that he plans to post about this common but preventable and treatable condition, Dr. Thompson interviewed primary-care physician Mary Weiss, M.D. -- medical director of the Swedish Physicians Central Seattle clinic and chief of staff-elect at Swedish -- about cervical cancer remaining a significant health threat, the importance of early detection through periodic PAP smears, how the HPV virus causes cervical cancer, and about the HPV vaccine.
To read this blog post on Seattlepi.com, click here.
Note: Dr. Thompson's upcoming blog posts on this important topic will focus on the treatments for cervical cancer and the personal experience of a patient.