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Officials recommend HPV vaccine

Mar 26, 2013 - From staff reports

Taking advantage of available vaccines can help prevent cervical cancer while following expert screening recommendations can help ensure cervical cancer is treatable, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

In 2010, 23 Wyoming women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and 11 women died of the disease.

Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and Public Health Division senior administrator with the Wyoming Department of Health, said two HPV vaccines are available. Either HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for 11- or 12-year-old girls, and "quadrivalent" HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for 11- or 12-year-old boys. Vaccination is also recommended for 13- through 26-year-old females and 13- through 21-year-old males who have not completed the vaccine series.

"We also know cervical cancer is highly curable when found and treated early," Braund said.

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