Why is HPV Vaccine Important?
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Every year in the United States, 33,700 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. HPV vaccination could prevent more than 90% of these cancers, 31,200 cases ever year, from ever developing.
HPV vaccination prevents more than just cervical cancer. Vaccination can prevent uncomfortable testing and treatment, even for cervical precancers. Every year in the United States, nearly 300,000 women are diagnosed with high grade cervical lesions. Testing and treatment for these precancers can have lasting effects.
HPV also causes cancers of the penis in men, cancers of the vagina and vulva in women, and cancers of the anus and back of the throat (orohpharynx) in men and women. While doctors routinely screen for cervical cancer, there are no recommended cancer screening tests for the other types of cancers caused by HPV infections. These cancers may not be detected until they cause health problems.
Below are multiple ways you can learn more about HPV cancers and hear firsthand what it’s like to be a survivor of HPV cancer, a family member of someone struggling with HPV infection, or a provider that has seen the lasting effects of HPV.
- Page last reviewed: March 10, 2017
- Page last updated: August 23, 2018
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