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Infection with HPV is common. Most males and females will be infected with at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Some people will never show symptoms or know they are infected. However, 26,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year that are caused by HPV. Most cervical, vaginal, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV.
The good news is……The HPV vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective in preventing the types of HPV that cause cancer. The vaccine is most effective when given to teens around the ages of 11 or 12; however it can be given up to age 26.
If 80% of the girls 13 years old and under in the U.S. were to receive the HPV vaccine, 98,000 cases of cervical cancer and 31,000 deaths would be prevented!! (CDC, 2014) Read more….