HPV vaccine is the best tool parents have today to protect their kids against cancer
Global HPV Vaccination Initiative
is a non-profit organization working to help reduce cancer rates by increasing HPV vaccination rates
HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get the virus at some point in their lives
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Each Number Represents a Life Forever Changed by Cancer
About 47,199 new HPV-associated cancers occur in the United States each year: 26,177 among women, and 21,022 among men. Cervical cancer is the most common HPV-associated cancer among women, and oropharyngeal cancers (cancers of the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils) are the most common among men.
HPV is thought to be responsible for more than 90% of anal and cervical cancers, about 70% of vaginal and vulvar cancers, and more than 60% of penile cancers. Oropharyngeal cancers traditionally have been caused by tobacco and alcohol, but recent studies show that about 70% of cancers of the oropharynx may be linked to HPV.
Parents Have the Power to Protect their Children
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been shown to be highly effective in preventing HPV-related infections and diseases, including various types of cancer and genital warts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommend a two-dose schedule for children who start the series before the age of 15, and a three-dose schedule for those who start later. The vaccines are most effective when given at ages 11-12.
Breaking the Barriers
As of 2019, the CDC reported that around half of adolescents in the U.S. were up to date with the HPV vaccine series, and around 68% had received at least one dose. However, there are significant disparities in HPV vaccine uptake, with lower rates in rural areas, among certain racial/ethnic groups, and in low-income communities.
The key barriers to vaccine uptake include lack of knowledge or misconceptions about the vaccine, lack of healthcare access, and cost issues. Cultural, religious, or philosophical beliefs, and fears about vaccine safety or side effects, can also play a role.