January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, an initiative from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Every year, about 196,000 women in the US are diagnosed with cervical precancers that require treatment. Administering the HPV vaccine to teens starting at age 11-12 is a crucial component of lowering cancer rates and preventing cervical cancer, along with other HPV-associated cancers, including oropharyngeal cancer. The infographic above illustrates the current rates of all HPV-associated cancers.
The HPV vaccine is the most effective method for preventing cervical, oropharyngeal and other HPV-related cancers. Clinicians are encouraged to provide HPV education and resources with parents of teen patients to increase HPV vaccination rates and decrease rates of HPV and related cancers in adulthood.

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