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If there were a vaccine to prevent a cancer that kills 4,000 women each year, would you get it for your children?
Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. Now, thanks to HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening, it is the most preventable of all of the female cancers. However, only 6 out of 10 adolescent girls and 4 out of 10 adolescent boys have started the HPV vaccine series, leaving many vulnerable to devastating cancers caused by HPV infections.
“We have an entire generation of girls we could protect against cervical cancer,” says Anne Schuchat, MD, principal deputy director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “While cervical cancer might not be a household name, every year over 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,000 die—even with screening and treatment. More than 300,000 women each year endure invasive testing and treatment of precancerous lesions on their cervix that can have lasting effects. If we can protect girls now, we could drastically reduce these numbers.”
On January 19, let’s make history together by showing the social media world that we are making HPV vaccination and cancer prevention a priority.
The CDC is calling on partners, public health workers, healthcare professionals, parents, and individuals to join the #PreventCancerTogether Thunderclap during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
By joining #PreventCancerTogether, you’ll be increasing awareness that HPV vaccination gives us the power to protect ourselves, our children, and our communities against the cancers caused by HPV infections.
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