Dr Oz: Human Papilloma Virus
In 2013, we have new ways of detecting and preventing disease. Dr Oz dedicated an entire hour to Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. HPV can lay dormant and go undiagnosed, leading to cervical cancer. New studies are showing that 80% of people have HPV before age 50.
HPV affects 20 million Americans across the country and most of these cases are brought on by person to person contact and heavy petting. The numbers are rising by about 6 million people a year being diagnosed.
Many cases of HPV go unnoticed and undiagnosed. While the disease can lay dormant for up to 20 years, by then it’s often too late to help. It can quickly spread to the cervix and vagina, leading to infertility.
Dr Oz: HPV Survivors & Cervical Cancer Causes
Dr Oz filled his audience with women who have been affected by cervical cancer or have HPV. Tamika told Dr Oz that she is no longer fertile because she has cervical cancer brought on by HPV. Trisha is a cervical cancer survivor and mom. Judy survived cervical cancer who ran all of the tests and still didn’t know she had HPV.
These women wanted to give a face to the disease. They hope to educate the public about ways to prevent HPV and what it can do when undiagnosed.
Dr Oz: HPV Affects Women of All Ages
Another woman in Dr Oz’s audience, Sandy told the story of her HPV diagnosis. She found out she had HPV and urged her sister to get checked. Seven years later, the sister complained of heavy periods and found out, too late, that she had cervical cancer because of HPV.
After the diagnosis of stage 4 cervical cancer, Sandy’s sister died three months later. She urges all women to listen to their family history, get checked, and don’t ignore your health. It never hurts to be cautious and get checked out.
Cervical Cancer and HPV can affect women of all ages. Sandy said that talking more about HPV can change the stigma it has as an STD and lead to more women being tested.