According to the Announcement: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month article of January 2013 article, the epidemiology undertaking of cervical cancer is exceptional. The data that are collected for the study is demographics, and test results from the doctors and clinics throughout the United States. The test results consist of the Papanicolaou test, which screen for different types of cancers it is given to the woman in the age group of 21 to the age of 65.
The test result shows that 50% of cervical cancer materialize in the woman that do not have the Papanicolaou (Pap Smear) test done. Also, another 10% to 20% get cancer because they failed to get the recommended following up care by their physician (“Announcement: Cervical cancer,” 2013).
The best recommendation is to prevent this disease is to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It is recommended to take all the three doses for the maximum result and protection. Children as young as 11 years old and people with the human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) can all get this vaccine.
The policy markers can use the data statistics to plan inventory on the HPV vaccine better. Besides that, they can also better educate the public about the benefits of getting tested and vaccinated. Several years ago people did not like the idea of having their young children, especially girls to be immunized against the HPV because of the fear of unproven side effects. The media have played a role in the hysteria, for example, Michele Bachmann told the public that the vaccine could lead to retardation. This is an excellent example of how the politicians can make wrong choices in their decision making if they are not educated on the facts.
Announcement: Cervical cancer awareness month — january 2013. (2013, january 04). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6151a5.htm?s_cid=mm6151a5_w