2Today’s Agenda What are HPV-related cancers? What is HPV?What are HPV-related cancers?How can they be prevented?
3What is HPV?The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus transmitted by human, skin-to-skin contactHPV is usually harmless, but certain types of high-risk HPVs can increase the risk of cancerMost people who have HPV will NOT develop cancerStill, taking steps to prevent the possibility of HPV-related cancer makes sense
4HPV-Related Cancers Cervical cancer Head & neck cancer Skin cancer Several other kinds of cancerHPV is associated with about 5 percent of all cancers worldwide, according to the National Cancer Institute.
5Both Males and Females Are At Risk Cervical cancer is the most common HPV-related cancer and afflicts only femalesHowever, males can be afflicted by other types of HPV-related cancer
6The Good News! HPV-related cancers can be prevented! HPV vaccine for children 9 and older, teens, and young adults up to age 26For adult women, a Pap test to detect cervical cancer at an early stage
7HPV Vaccine A series of three injections over six months Prevents HPV-related cancers from occurring by halting the infectionNot recommended for pregnant women
8HPV Vaccine The vaccine is safe The vaccine was tested on thousands of patients before receiving FDA approval. Millions of Americans have received the vaccine, and it has been approved in more than 70 countries worldwide.In some cases, minor side effectsVaccine is not a live virus
9Pap TestsPap tests have saved countless lives since introduction in 1950sDetects cell changes at early, treatable stage when patient survival rate is very high – more than 90 percentNot the same as a pelvic exam!All women should receive regular Pap tests, even if they receive HPV vaccine
10Where to Go and How to Pay Doctors office or public health clinic, including family planning clinics and federally qualified health centersHow to payPrivate insurance plansMay have co-pay or deductibleMedicaid
11Most Important Messages SUMMARY HPV-related cancer can cause death and disabilityThe HPV vaccine can prevent HPV-related cancer. Males and females should get it as soon as possible after they turn age 9 -- the vaccine works best this way.The Pap test can detect precancerous cells or cancer at an early, treatable stage. Women should receive regular Pap test throughout life, even if they get the vaccineMake an appointment today; insurance or Medicaid often covers the costs
14Illinois Women Against Cervical Cancer Illinois Women Against Cervical Cancer is a group of concerned individuals and organizations including the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services, the Illinois Public Health Association, ACCESS Community Health Network and the Springfield Urban League. Our goal is to eliminate cervical cancer by educating women about the prevention and detection of cervical cancer and HPV.