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Why is HPV Vaccine Important?

Every year in the United States, 31,000 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. Most of these cancers could be prevented by HPV vaccination.

HPV vaccination prevents more than just cervical cancer. Vaccination can prevent uncomfortable testing and treatment even for cervical precancers. Each year in the U.S. more than 300,000 women endure invasive testing and treatment for lesions (changes in the cells) on the cervix that can develop into cancers. Testing and treatment for these “precancers” can have lasting effects.

However cervical cancer only accounts for 1 in 3 cancers caused by HPV infection. While there is screening for cervical cancer, there is no routine screening for the other 20,000 cancers caused by HPV infections each year in the United States. Often these cancers—such as cancers of the back of the throat (oropharynx) and cancers of the anus/rectum—aren’t detected until later stages when they are difficult to treat.

Below are multiple ways that you can 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.


The American Cancer Society’s Survivor Videos
HPV-related cancer survivors have a unique voice. Watch them share their stories with these13 powerful videos.


Someone You Love Documentary
Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” is a feature length in-depth documentary narrated by Vanessa Williams on the HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV) and the stories of struggle, tragedy and triumph surrounding this complicated and often misunderstood infection.


CDC’s Clinician Engagement Initiative Webinar
Recorded on Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:00AM ET
CDC’s Jill Roark introduces the key pillars of the HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention clinician engagement effort. Dr. Rebecca Perkins presents her perspective of HPV vaccine as an Ob/gyn. And Dr. Sharon Humiston offers tips for successful recommendations, focusing on how clinicians can increase acceptance and uptake.


Getting Survivor Speakers in Your Area
HPV-related cancer survivors have a unique voice, and inviting a survivor to tell his or her story at a meeting, grand rounds, conference, or other event can be powerful.

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