Cancers Caused by HPV are Preventable
All 11-12 year olds need two doses of the HPV vaccine to protect against infections that cause six types of cancer.
Every year in the United States, 35,900 women and men are estimated to be diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. Although cervical cancer is the most well-known of the cancers caused by HPV, there are five other types of HPV cancer.
Cervical cancer is the only type of HPV cancer with a recommended screening test to detect it at an early stage. The other types of HPV cancers may not be detected until they cause health problems.
HPV vaccination could prevent more than 90% of cancers caused by HPV—estimated to be 33,000 cases every year—from ever developing.
Even with screening, HPV causes 11,000 cases of cervical cancer each year in the U.S. Every year, 4,000 women die of cervical cancer.
There are an estimated 196,000 cervical precancers cases each year in the U.S. Treatment for cervical cancers and precancers can limit women’s ability to have children.
Every year in the U.S., there are:
14,000 Oropharyngeal Cancer cases
6,500 Anal Cancer cases
3,500 Vulvar & Vaginal Cancer cases
900 Penile Cancer cases
Recommended cancer screening tests are not available yet for these cancers. These cancers may not be detected until they cause serious health problems.