Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Statistics | Did You Know?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Statistics | Did You Know?

(Music) Did You Know? Video
Series: Human Papillomavirus Did you know that infection
with about a dozen HPV types is associated with cancer
among both men and women? The good news is that HPV
vaccines and cervical cancer screening can prevent certain
cancers and other diseases. The human papillomavirus, or
HPV, is actually a group of 200 closely related viruses. There are more than 40 HPV
types that can infect the genital areas, the anus, the
mouth, and the throat. Infection with HPV is the
most common sexually transmitted infection. It is most common
among young men and women. There are two groups of
sexually transmitted HPVs: low-risk and high-risk. Low-risk HPVs do not cause
cancer but can cause skin warts on or around the
genitals and anus. High-risk HPVs can cause
cervical, anal, vulvar, vaginal, penile, and oropharyngeal
cancers, which includes the base of the tongue and
parts of the throat. In the United States, high-risk
HPV types cause approximately 3% of all cancer cases
among women and 2% of all cancer
cases among men. HPV is the cause of
virtually all cases of cervical cancer worldwide. In the United States, southern
states have the highest rates of this disease. Advances in research
have led to changes in cervical cancer screening. Two types of tests may be
done to screen for changes in cervical cells due to HPV:
the Pap test and the HPV test. The Pap test checks for abnormal
cells in tissue collected from the cervix. The HPV test examines the cells
collected from the cervix for the presence of DNA or
RNA from high-risk HPVs . Talk with your doctor about
which screening options are best for you. Research has also led to the
development of HPV vaccines, which can prevent cancers
and other diseases due to HPV. The U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends that all
kids who are ages 11 and 12 receive the recommended
series of HPV vaccine. Visit for the most up to date
vaccination information. CDC also recommends that, if
they did not get vaccinated when they were younger, young women
should be vaccinated through age 26 and young
men through age 21. HPV vaccination is also
recommended through age 26 for transgender people, men who have
sex with men, and young adults who have conditions
such as HIV that cause a weakened
immune system. In the United States, HPV
vaccination rates for girls ages 13 to 17 vary
widely by region. State policy may affect
some of the differences. Over 25 states have enacted
legislation to educate the public about HPV vaccination. Ask your doctor about
cancer screening and prevention, including HPV vaccination. Get the facts and learn what is
best for your family’s health.  For more information on HPV,
go to or call 1-800-4-cancer. For more cancer statistics,
go to U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services National
Institutes of Health National
Cancer Institute Produced October 2017. (Music)

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