Preventing the Most Preventable Cancer

Dr Miriam Cremer is founder of Basic Health International, which exists to eliminate cervical cancer on a global level through cutting edge research for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer in low resource settings. Dr. Cremer, founded Basic Health after seeing first hand the devastating impact of this devastating yet preventable cancer can have on women.

This is a summary of our discussion.

Georgie Kovacs: What is cervical cancer and how does one get it?

Dr Miriam Cremer: A precursor to cervical cancer is an infection with human papilloma virus (HPV), which is a combination of many different viruses. There are 13 to 14 high-risk HPV types that persist and lead to invasive cancer.