Nearly 80 million Americans – one out of every four people – are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). And of those millions, more than 31,000 will be diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer this year. Despite those staggering figures and the availability of a vaccine to prevent the infections that cause these cancers, HPV vaccination remains low in the U.S.
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has partnered with 69 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers to issue a statement urging increased HPV vaccination and screening to eliminate HPV-related cancers, starting with cervical cancer.
“I’m really proud of Cleveland’s city-wide effort in screening and prevention,” said Stanton L. Gerson, MD, Director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. “There’s been a longstanding interest in improving the rates of HPV vaccination, and we’ve negotiated and interacted with our two affiliate hospitals who have both almost tripled their rate of vaccinations of 11-year-old boys and girls for HPV over the past five years.”
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center’s affiliate hospitals have been heavily involved in on-the-ground efforts to increase HPV vaccinations throughout the city.
“Over the past five years, our community outreach team has been educating parents, grandparents and children on the importance of cancer
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