Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cancer


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About 45,300 HPV-associated cancers occur in the United States each year. See rates by race and ethnicity and median age at diagnosis.


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The HPV vaccine can prevent several cancers. Cervical cancer can be prevented or found early through screening. Learn more.

“Some HPV infections can cause cancer of the cervix or in the back of the throat,” says pediatrician Dr. Jose Rodriguez in this video.

Featured Resources
United States Cancer Statistics Data Brief

The latest data brief reports on cancers associated with HPV in the United States from 2013 to 2017.

Anatomical diagram of the oropharynx

HPV can cause cancers of the oropharynx (back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils).

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Learn how a health department used peer education to raise HPV vaccination rates among high school students.

Page last reviewed: September 15, 2020