Letter to the Editor: Vaccines can help prevent some cancers

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Vaccines can help prevent some cancers

August is National Immunization Month. Did you know there is a vaccine for six different cancers that can prevent children and adolescents from getting these cancers when they are older?
Nearly all men and women will get at least one type of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives.
The good news is most people’s bodies are able to get rid of the virus.
For those who can’t, the virus can lead to six types of cancer and other health problems.
But the HPV vaccine is long lasting cancer prevention with a reassuring safety record of 135 million does given in the United States and over 15 years of monitoring and research.
The state Department of Health supports the National Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Roundtable’s call-to-action to start the HPV vaccine at age 9 to decrease HPV-related cancers later in life.
The younger the vaccine is given, the better it works to prevent cancer.
Every year in New York state, more than 2,800 people are diagnosed with cancer caused by HPV.
The HPV vaccine can prevent more than 90% of cancers caused by HPV.
Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA) works to increase HPV vaccination rates by educating our communities and parents and dispel myths about the HPV vaccine. The goal of the NYS Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan is to have 80% of 13-17-year-olds vaccinated against HPV.
To learn more about CPiA visit or call 518-770-6815. Help us spread the word for cancer prevention.
Victoria Pickett


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