Why is HPV Vaccine Important?
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Every year in the United States, 32,500 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. HPV vaccination could prevent most of these cancers 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 500,000 women are diagnosed with low grade cervical precancers, and more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with high grade cervical lesions. Testing and treatment for these precancers can have lasting effects.
Additionally, cervical cancer only accounts for 1 in 3 cancers caused by HPV infection. While doctors routinely screen for cervical cancer, there are no recommended cancer screening tests for the other 20,000 cases of 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 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: June 1, 2018
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