You can prevent HPV-related head and neck cancers. Learn more and talk to your health care provider.
Don’t freak out. HPV can lead to head and neck and other cancers, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. Learn more about HPV and how you can prevent related cancers below.
Let’s start from the top. (Get it?)
HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It’s a large group of viruses which are so common that nearly everyone will contract it at some point in their lives. Some higher-risk HPV strains can cause cancers. The good news? These are highly preventable because there’s a vaccine. 😅
HPV is so common that 85% of people will get some form of HPV at some point in their lives. But high-risk HPV is avoidable!
MOST HPV INFECTIONS GO AWAY ON THEIR OWN, BUT SOME CAN LEAD TO CANCER.
ABOUT 70% OF ALL OROPHARYNGEAL CANCERS ARE CAUSED BY CHRONIC HPV INFECTION.
Preventing cancer is always better than treating cancer. And with HPV so common, it’s especially important to protect yourself. The good news is you can do something simple now which may save you a lot of hassle in the future. If you need a little more info on why preventing HPV and related head and neck cancers will benefit you, here are some numbers you should know.
Americans are currently infected with HPV types that cause disease
of all oropharyngeal cancers are caused by chronic HPV infection
Many types of cancers can’t currently be prevented, but HPV-related head and neck cancers can be. Do your future self a favor and talk to your health care provider about the best prevention option for you.
Yes! The HPV vaccine gives you safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against most cancers caused by HPV by preventing the infection that causes them. There are two doses, given 12 months apart. And yes, they are very safe! The vaccines went through strict safety testing before they were approved by the FDA, and they’ve been closely monitored for more than 15 years. So far, all studies show that no deaths have been linked to any HPV vaccine.
Talk to your health care provider about how to get the vaccine for yourself. Doing something simple now may save you a lot of hassle in the future!
2 Doses in the HPV Vaccine
Anyone under 26 can still get the vaccine
About 13 million Americans become infected each year, including teens
The ages when the vaccine is most effective, but anyone under 26 can get it
42 million Americans are currently infected with HPV types that cause disease
135 million doses of HPV vaccine that have been distributed so far
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