Preventing Cervical Cancer
In addition to avoiding the established risk factors wherever possible, prophylaxis of cervical cancer with a new vaccine provides powerful protection. The vaccine, commercially marketed as Gardasil, protects females against the four types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers and genital warts.
The HPV vaccine is recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls. It is also recommended for girls and women age 13 through 26 who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series.
Prophylactic (preventive) hysterectomy may be indicated for extremely high-risk patients.