The first-ever International HPV Awareness Day may be over, but new public and parental knowledge about the virus that causes several types of cancer is just taking off as a result.
In recognition of the day, Alllison Winnike, president and CEO of The Immunization Partnership, wrote an op-ed to address parents' most common concerns about the simple, safe and highly effective two-dose vaccine that prevents HPV-related cancers. It was published in the Houston Chronicle:
The numbers of cancer cases related to the human papillomavirus have been heading in the wrong direction, while far too few teenagers in Texas are protected with a simple two-dose vaccine that is proving remarkably successful at preventing those cancers.
There were about 39,000 cases of HPV-related cancers yearly from 2008 to 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, compared with 33,500 a year during the five years before.
To read the full op-ed, go here.
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