January 29, 2021

HPV vaccination is cancer prevention

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most commonly sexually-transmitted infection in the US and is the cause of almost all cervical cancers in women. Nearly 80 million individuals in the US, most in their teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV. More than 12,000 women in the US are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year—but the disease can be prevented with vaccination.

In order to increase awareness about HPV vaccination and screening during Cervical Health Awareness Month (January), NFID joined with partners to share important information on Twitter throughout the month.

Check out these 7 key facts about HPV:

        1. HPV is common

        2. 2 types of HPV cause 70% of all cervical cancers

        3. Vaccination helps prevent HPV

        4. Routine HPV vaccination is recommended at age 11-12 years—but may be given to certain adults up to age 45 years

        5. Cervical cancer could be the first cancer to be eliminated

        6. Cervical cancer is more common among communities of color

        7. HPV vaccines are safe and effective

Additional HPV Prevention Resources:

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