MCC hosts HPV Epidemic documentary

MCC hosts "Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic"

Pictured prior to showing the documentary “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” are, from left, Nursing Faculty Kathi May and Practical Nursing students Amanda Ortiz, Courtney Howe, Erica Williams, Abby Bacon, Jessica Marks and LaReen Baedke.

The Marshalltown Community College Practical Nursing students hosted a showing of “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” on Thursday, Jan. 26. Approximately 125 students and staff watched the documentary and then heard a panel discussion about HPV and its devastating (and sometimes deadly) consequences.

Organizer Shelly Larson, MCC Nursing Faculty, said, “We were pleased with the turnout and the engagement of our students. We had many good questions for the panel after the movie, which was very powerfully moving. This was a huge success!”

According to the documentary, one in two college students has HPV (human papillomavirus), and every year 27,000 people are diagnosed with cancer caused by HPV. In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it causes problems like genital warts and cancer. The documentary and speakers on the panel advocated getting the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. The HPV vaccine is recommended for women through age 26 and men through age 21.