HPV known as the Human Papillomavirus is a sexual transmitted disease. Although some HPV infections go away on their own, a majority of them that don’t go away can cause changes in the cells which can lead to genital warts or cancer. About 27,000 women and men are affected by HPV every year. That’s a new case every 20 minutes.
Cervical cancer and mouth and throat cancer in men accounted nearly 39,000 HPV cancers diagnosed annually from 2008-2012.
“In order to increase HPV vaccination rates, we must change the perception of the HPV vaccine from something that prevents a sexually transmitted disease to a vaccine that prevents cancer,” said Electra Paskett. She is co-director of the Cancer Control Research Program at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer in Columbus.
She further states, “Every parent should ask the question: If there was a vaccine I could give my child that would prevent them from developing six different cancers, would I give it to them? The answer would be a resounding yes — and we would have a dramatic decrease in HPV-related cancers across the globe,” Paskett added.