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Cancer Prevention

Multicultural TeensHPV vaccination is cancer prevention. Males and females who do not get the HPV vaccine may be left vulnerable to certain types of infection that can lead to cancer. These resources describe the various HPV-associated cancers and provide clarity about the link between HPV infection and cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11- to 12-year-olds get two doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose. Those who initiate the vaccination series after age 15 years as well as those who are immunocompromised should receive three doses.

Both males and females up to age 26 years who were not adequately vaccinated should receive catch-up HPV vaccination.

Adults age 27-45 years should talk to a healthcare professional about whether HPV vaccination is right for them. Shared clinical decision-making is recommended because some individuals who are not adequately vaccinated might benefit from vaccination.

View additional information on the CDC recommendations.


Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: Urgency for Action to Prevent Cancer

President’s Cancer Panel (PCP): A report to the President of the United States recommending HPV vaccination in all adolescents as an important method for cancer prevention

Cancers Associated with HPV

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Website highlighting the percentage of cancers thought to be caused by HPV

CDC Grand Rounds: Reducing the Burden of HPV-Associated Cancer and Disease

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Explores the burden of HPV-associated cancer and disease in the US

How Many Cancers are Linked to HPV Each Year?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Website highlighting the number of annual HPV-associated and HPV-attributed cancer cases

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

American Cancer Society (ACS): Detailed information on HPV, link to cancer in both men and women, and HPV vaccines

HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information about oral HPV

HPV Radio Public Service Announcement (2012) – 30 Seconds

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): PSA highlighting HPV as a cause of throat cancer in males; includes a strong recommendation for vaccination to prevent HPV infection

Making Sense of Cervical Cancer

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP): Fact sheet about cervical cancer

Report of the Consensus Meeting Using New Guidelines to Help Prevent Cervical Cancer and HPV Disease in Women

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP): Report on the practice gaps relating to HPV and cervical cancer prevention with a discussion on how best to address and overcome barriers

The Link Between HPV and Cancer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Call to action from the Massachusetts Chapter of AAP urging healthcare professionals to give a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination

Additional Resources