What you need to know about HPV and HPV-related cancers
- Approximately 79 million people in the US are infected with HPV, and approximately 14 million people in the US will become newly infected with HPV each year.
- The current number of cancers attributable to HPV is rising with an estimated 30,700 each year.
- The 9vHPV vaccine has the potential to prevent 92% of the HPV-attributable cancers.
- Cervical cancer is the most common HPV-associated cancer among women and oropharyngeal cancers are the most common among men.
- The best protection against HPV-related cancers is for boys and girls to get vaccinated at 11-12 years of age because they have a better immune response when they are younger.
- We are fortunate in Massachusetts that all routinely recommended pediatric vaccines, including HPV vaccine, are provided free of charge by the state.
Boston Area Health Education Center HPV Video
The Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC) is a program in the Division of Child and Adolescent Health at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) that introduces high school students to careers in health and public health. In 2016, the BPHC was awarded a grant to implement a service-learning program to increase HPV vaccination rates among students at eight school-based health centers. Twenty-five Boston public high school students were recruited to the HPV Youth Ambassadors Project. The ambassadors created a public service announcement (PSA) designed to encourage young men of color to receive the HPV vaccination. The theme of the PSA focuses on the concepts of gender norms, goal-attainment and achievement. This PSA is a powerful and unique approach to empower youth to advocate for HPV vaccination and improved health within their communities.
Team Maureen HPV Video
Team Maureen, a cervical cancer advocacy organization, in conjunction with Cape Cod Health Care, the Falmouth Hospital Cancer Committee, and Brian Switzer, released this video discussing the importance of getting the HPV vaccine at 11 - 12 years old.