Dr. Shobha Krishnan Discusses the Global Fight Against HPV and Cervical Cancer, August 18, 2015
The Global Fight Against HPV and Cervical Cancer – Unique Challenges and Opportunities
On August 18, 2015, board certified primary care physician and gynecologist Dr. Shobha Krishnan, Founder and President of the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer, presented on the progress and issues still facing women when it comes to this deadly disease. Dr. Krishnan is author of the award-winning book, The HPV Vaccine Controversy: Sex, Cancer, God and Politics (thehpvbook.com), which received the 2009 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, and is the winner of two 2010 International Book Awards. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of women’s health, with extensive experience both nationally and internationally, particularly with regards to HPV and its related diseases such as cervical cancer.
The startling fact is that a young woman between the ages of 35 and 60 dies every two minutes from cervical cancer. This was brought into stark reality when Dr. Krishnan presented the riveting story of Michele Baldwin, who paddled 700 miles of India’s Ganges River with terminal cervical cancer to raise awareness about the disease.
Ms. Baldwin teamed up with Dr. Krishnan in an effort to get the word out to the world about the importance of getting an annual PAP. Dr. Krishnan also discussed the extreme challenges faced by millions of poor women in developing countries, and the lack of access to care. Even in the United States, communities where there is poverty show greater rates of cervical cancer, which is a direct result of not getting screened for HPV.
Dr. Krishnan offered five key “P”s for participants interested in leading their own public health crusade:
Dr. Krishnan said that by living these traits, and combining them with creativity and flexibility, she has been able to build her organization and simultaneously provide better healthcare for women globally.
For more information about Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer, please visit http://www.giahc.org.
For more information about Michele Baldwin’s journey, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVmWASKo4Js.