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Our highly trained specialists are available 24/7 via phone and on weekdays can assist through video calls and online chat. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with essential services and resources at every step of their cancer journey. Ask us how you can get involved and support the fight against cancer. Some of the topics we can assist with include:
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High-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV) cause the majority of throat, cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, and penile cancers.
HPV vaccination prevents infection by virus types that cause the vast majority of these cancers and genital warts, but the vaccine works only if given well before an infection occurs. That’s why, in part, the American Cancer Society recommends it between ages 9 and 12. Vaccination at these younger ages also leads to a greater immune response.
While more than 60% of boys and girls in the U.S. get at least the first dose of HPV vaccine, too many are not fully vaccinated and are missing the protection it could provide against cancer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that vaccination rates for 1 or more doses of the HPV vaccine for adolescents have been increasing slowly since 2012.
Still, rates remain too low. The President’s Cancer Panel has previously stated that the “underuse of HPV vaccines a serious but correctable threat to progress against cancer.”