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What CDC Is Doing About HPV and Cancer

Assessing the Burden of HPV-Associated Cancers in the United States

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control leads efforts to use cancer registry data to estimate how many human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers occur in the United States.

  • In 2008, CDC published a journal supplement titled “Assessing the Burden of HPV-Associated Cancers in the United States (ABHACUS).” This supplement used cancer registry data to estimate how many HPV-associated cancers occurred in the United States before the release of the HPV vaccine, and to examine patterns in the distribution of these cancers. The methodology established in this study was used in later studies.
  • A publication updating information on HPV-associated female genital cancers was published in the November 2009 issue of the Journal of Women’s Health. This report presented the burden and recent trends of HPV-associated cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers, and included American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • The most recent update of this analysis was published in an April 2012 edition of the MMWR.

National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Campaign

CDC developed the national gynecologic cancer awareness campaign, Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer, to raise awareness of gynecologic cancers, including cervical cancer.

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides access to critical breast and cervical cancer screening services for underserved women in the United States. Find out if you qualify.

National Program of Cancer Registries

Established in 1994, CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries supports and promotes the collection and use of registry data in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Pacific Island Jurisdiction. The NPCR collects surveillance data for all cancers and publishes them yearly in the United States Cancer Statistics: Incidence and Mortality report. Data collected often are used by funded programs to create burden assessments that guide program planning, outreach, and education efforts.

Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children Program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no purchase cost to eligible children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The HPV vaccine is offered under this program to eligible children 9–18 years of age.

HPV Education Campaign

CDC developed an HPV awareness campaign, HPV: Common Infection, Common Reality, with brochures for the general public, doctors, and women diagnosed with HPV.

Pre-teen Vaccine Campaign

CDC’s Preteen Vaccine campaign informs parents, caregivers, family physicians, and pediatricians about CDC’s vaccination recommendations for 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls, including the HPV vaccine.