Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
February 5, 2007
Albany- Texas touched off a national debate over mandatory vaccinations for the Human Papilloma Virus. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer. In south Georgia, the American Cancer Society and local doctors say it should not be mandatory, but it's something every mother should question their daughter's doctor about if they're 16 or younger.
Donna Strickland knows all too well the devastating affects of cervical cancer.
"I had to go through several different surgeries then constantly running tests to see where it was at or how far it had spread, it eventually came down to having a complete hysterectomy," said Donna Strickland.
Now cancer-free it's something Donna hopes her 10 year old daughter Harli can avoid with the new Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine. It's recommended for girls between 9 and 13 but must be given before they become sexually active which makes them susceptible to the cancer causing virus.
"Absolutely, It's terrible for anyone to go through especially a young child," said Strickland.
Albany's chapter of the American Cancer Society has had few questions about the controversial vaccine.
"We thought we might have some calls most people are already contacting their local physicians," said Marjorie Mayfield, American Cancer Society Area manager.
Oncologist's say it's something every mother should question for their pre-teen daughters.
"This is critically important because this vaccine prevents the cervical cancer which is actually the second leading cause of death across the globe," said Dr. Chirag Jani, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Oncologist.
While Dr. Jani and the American Cancer Society agree it doesn't need to be made mandatory for young Georgians, like Texas has done, both say since it's 80 percent effective, mothers need to investigate.
It's exactly what Donna Strickland plans to do.
"If it could prevent her from going through what I went through then I think I would definitely go with that," said Strickland.
The vaccine is costly, $360 for the three doses. The American Caner Society assured us most insurance providers are covering 100 percent of the cost because it is a preventative measure, but you should check with your insurance provider before agreeing to the vaccine.