Nearly 80 million Americans have some strain of the human papillomavirus, which can cause several types of cancer in men and women. The CDC recommends that adolescents receive the HPV vaccine, which protects against cancer-causing strains, but vaccine uptake remains low.
Jake Lauer, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of General Obstetrics & Gynecology, sat down with the Women’s Healthcast to talk about the risks associated with HPV, why the vaccine is so important, and a promising new program he’s piloting at UW Health to help hundreds of women get vaccinated.
You can listen to his podcast episode here (or on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or any of your favorite podcast apps. And catch up with past episodes! Listen to Deb Ehrenthal, MD MPH talk about infant mortality, or hear Kristen Sharp, MD, play a fast-paced game of pregnancy true-or-false.