Dispelling Myths About HPV and Cervical Cancer

This episode was brought to you in partnership with HealthyWomen with support from Merck.We’ve partnered with HealthyWomen to debunk the myths and confusion surrounding HPV and cervical cancer. In our episode today, we dive into the basics of HPV and cervical cancer, their interwoven connection, common myths and the importance of vaccines and screening. Listen in as our guests, Dr. Pierce and Tamika Felder, share their insights as advocates in the field

Listen and Learn:

  1. What is HPV and how does it relate to cervical cancer?
  2. What are the symptoms of HPV that women and men should be aware of?
  3. Stigmas around HPV and cervical cancer that we need to eradicate
  4. How cervical cancer impacts pregnancy
  5. Tamika’s path to parenthood

About Dr. Pierce:
Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce was recruited to MCI from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she served as GYN Oncology Disease Team Leader at Hollings Cancer Center and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. With a degree in medicine from MUSC and degrees in engineering and public health from the University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Dr. Pierce became the first female gynecologic oncologist in South Carolina in 2009. Dr. Pierce served on the National HPV Roundtable as well as on the cervical cancer and immunotherapy committees for the NRG, the cooperative clinical trials group of the NCI. She is the Division Director of Cancer Control and Prevention at Usa health mitchell cancer institute and host of the cancering show podcast. Dr. Pierce treats patients suffering from gynecologic malignancies, including all medical and surgical aspects.

About Tamika Felder:
Tamika Felder is a beacon of hope and resilience for people navigating their own challenges around the world. Whether delivering a captivating talk or working as an award-winning TV producer, Tamika is all about driving change. Notably, as a cervical cancer survivor, she founded Cervivor, Inc. in 2005 to empower women to share their stories and take control of their well-being. She lends her sought-after voice to Presidential Panels, international conferences, and media outlets, and is the author of “Seriously, What Are You Waiting For? 13 Actions To Ignite Your Life & Achieve The Ultimate Comeback” as well as her own blog at In intimate conversations, public stages, and the written word, Tamika’s brilliance shines as she transforms her experiences into inspiration.

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