HPV Vaccines and the Prevention of Cancer

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common viral infection that affects men and women. HPV vaccines are recommended starting at the age of 11 or 12 and can be effectively taken up to the age of 26. The vaccine aims to protect against the types of HPV associated with cancer.

HPV is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact and it is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Some HPV infections can cause cancer such as cervical cancer, cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and cancers of the back of the throat. The types of cancers caused by HPV usually do not have symptoms until they are advanced and hard to treat.

Statistics show that HPV is the cause for more than 30,700 of new cancer cases that are located in parts of the body where HPV is often found.

Boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 12 should get the 3 dose series of the vaccine. The HPV vaccine is very safe, is highly effective and expected to be long-lasting.

For more information on HPV, please check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: