PDFs by language
Our 24/7 cancer helpline provides support for people dealing with cancer. We can connect you with trained cancer information specialists who will answer questions about a cancer diagnosis and provide guidance and a compassionate ear.
Chat live online
Select the Live Chat button at the bottom of the page
At our National Cancer Information Center trained Cancer Information Specialists can answer questions 24 hours a day, every day of the year to empower you with accurate, up-to-date information to help you make educated health decisions. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with valuable services and resources.
Or ask us how you can get involved and support the fight against cancer. Some of the topics we can assist with include:
For medical questions, we encourage you to review our information with your doctor.
Prevention is key when battling HPV cancers. When thinking about getting the vaccine for your child, know that doctors agree that HPV vaccination provides safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against HPV cancers.
SAFE: HPV vaccine safety studies continue to show that HPV vaccination is safe.
More than 270 million doses have been distributed worldwide, with more than 120 million doses in the U.S. alone since 20065 . The safety profile for the HPV vaccine is well established. CDC, FDA, and international organizations continue to monitor and evaluate the safety of HPV vaccines, along with all vaccines. The data from HPV vaccine safety studies show that it is safe.
HPV vaccine is safe and effective at preventing HPV-related infections and cancers. Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. Many people who get the HPV vaccine have no side effects at all. The most common side effects are usually mild, like a sore arm from the shot. People may also experience pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given, fever, headache or feeling tired, nausea or muscle or joint pain. People with severe allergic reactions to vaccines or are pregnant, should consult their health care provider. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/hpv-vaccine.html
EFFECTIVE: HPV vaccination can help prevent 6 types of cancer. These cancers include throat, cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, and penile cancer.
Studies continue to prove that HPV vaccination is effective, decreasing the number of infections, HPV pre-cancers, and cancers in young people since it was introduced. In fact, research has shown the vaccine provides close to 100% protection against infections and precancers caused by the types of HPV in the vaccine.
The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team
Our team is made up of doctors and oncology certified nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.