February is National Cancer Prevention Month– HPV and hepatitis B vaccinations prevent cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, a great time to spread the word about the link between certain vaccine-preventable viral infections and cancer.

Each year in the United States, almost 36,000 men and women are diagnosed with cancers associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV vaccination is recommended for everyone age 26 years and younger, and may be considered for adults through age 45.  We have HPV vaccine for individuals thru age 18. 

Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a leading cause of liver cancer worldwide. CDC now recommends catch-up hepatitis B vaccination of every adult through age 59 years and anyone age 60 or older at increased risk or who wishes to be protected.  We have Hepatitis B vaccine available for anyone who wishes to receive it.

Vaccination is the simplest, best way to prevent the infections that cause these cancers.

View American Cancer Society’s Cancer Risk, Prevention, and Screening main page for more.

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