Kansas ranks last when it comes to winnable fight against cervical cancer
When it comes to vaccinating to prevent the human papillomavirus, Kansas shares last place with Utah reports the Kansas Health Institute. The virus causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. A partnership is working to improve that rate. The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and the University of Kansas Cancer Center are concentrating their efforts on a key outreach component to ensure adolescent girls receive the full regimen.
If all it took were a few shots to virtually eliminate the chances of contracting one type of cancer, you'd think at-risk people would be lining up for treatment in droves. There is, in fact, a three-dose regimen that experts say essentially prevents cervical cancer, which is newly diagnosed in more than 12,000 American women a year and kills about 4,000.