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'Hollywood On the Hill' - A Red Carpet Event on Capitol Hill Raises Awareness for Cervical Cancer Prevention and HPV-Related Technologies
Date:2/4/2008

> in women not previously infected with HPV -- at preventing cervical

disease caused by the HPV types 16 and 18, which are responsible for

approximately 70 percent of all cervical cancers.

-- Screening remains essential, even after girls and women are

vaccinated. Screening with the Pap and HPV tests will help prevent

cervical cancer from HPV types not covered by the vaccine, and protect

women who were infected by HPV before receiving the vaccine

Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second-most-common type of cancer that strikes women -- behind only breast cancer, resulting in 288,000 deaths a year. Experts now know that cervical cancer is caused by HPV, the human papillomavirus. This year, the American Cancer Society reports that 11,150 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and almost 4,000 women will die of the disease in the United States. New advances in HPV-related prevention and screening can potentially save thousands of women's lives and reduce suffering for many thousands more women.

"I was surprised to learn what a direct impact HPV testing had for the women featured in the film; and I was equally surprised to learn that the discovery of cervical pre-cancer and cancer in these women after years of normal Pap tests caused their doctors to commit to change the way they screen women," said attendee Carolyn J. Williams who is Vice President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Director of the IBEW Human Services Department. "It's clear that if more women and their healthcare practitioners understood how the HPV test and the HPV vaccine can improve on the Pap's history of reducing cervical cancer, we will see fewer women getting cervical cancer."

"Women shouldn't suffer or die from cervical cancer. By combining these new technologies and urging women to be screened, almost every case of cervical cancer can be prevented," said Scanlan. "It's important that women get the fact
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