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Missed Opportunities in Cancer Prevention

According to a June 2016 article published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the HPV vaccine is an under-utilized preventative intervention tool for one of the most common cancer causing infections. Over 1 million people worldwide develop cancers caused by viral infections annually. Of those, nearly 600,000 are a result of HPV. The HPV vaccine has been around for 10 years and has continuously proven to be safe, and effective. A recent report by the CDC estimated that over 53,000 cases of cervical cancer could be prevented by increasing HPV vaccine completion to 80%. Several barriers will have to be addressed in order to increase the rate, however oncologists like Dr. Howard Bailey and colleagues are working diligently to spread the message. Click here to read the full publication.