The South Carolina Cervical Cancer Awareness Initiative

promotes statewide education and public awareness regarding cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination cancer prevention.

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Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about HPV and the HPV vaccine.

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Learn the facts about HPV and make the right decision for your health.

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True or False?

Myths and misconceptions about the HPV vaccine.

HPV Vaccine is most effective during your late teen years.

FALSE: The HPV Vaccine is most effective when given to girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 12. Studies have shown that the pre-adolescent immune system is most receptive to the preventive benefits of the vaccine if administered during that period of maturity and prior to the onset of sexual activity. Young women and men, up to 26 years of age, can also still receive the vaccine.

The HPV Vaccine isn’t always effective.

FALSE: The HPV Vaccine protects against 70 – 90% of HPV related cancers including anal, cervical, oropharyngeal, penile, vaginal, and vulvar cancers and genital warts. Girls and boys must receive all three doses of the vaccine to insure prevention against HPV related cancers.

The HPV Vaccine causes autism or other health or mental problems.

FALSE: According to studies and data research conducted by the Center for Disease Control, the HPV vaccine is one of the safest vaccines given to children. There is no reported correlation between the HPV vaccine and the occurrence of autism or other diseases.

This is the only vaccine my child/I will get during the years of 11 to 12.

FALSE: During the ages of 11-12, recommended vaccines include: Tdap, meningococcal, and three doses of the HPV vaccine.

If I give my child the HPV Vaccine, they’ll become sexually active.

FALSE: The HPV vaccine does not contribute to sexual promiscuity. It will not protect your child against STDs, including AIDS, nor does it prevent pregnancy. The vaccine will protect your child against HPV related cancers, in their adult years. Parents are strongly encouraged to discuss sexual abstinence with their child and the risks associated with sexual behavior during the teen years.

If everyone gets the HPV Vaccine, there’s no need for my child to get it, too.

FALSE: The HPV vaccine, like other childhood vaccines, is most effective when the greater population is also vaccinated. The vaccine protects your child if exposed to the Human Papilloma Virus.

DID YOU KNOW?

Over 200 Cases of HPV Were Diagnosed In South Carolina Last Year?
If You Are Over The Age of 12 - You Should Still Receive The HPV Preventative Vaccine,
Both Men and Women Can be Infected by HPV.
75%-80% Of Unvaccinated People Will Contract HPV in Their Lifetime.
Any female can "catch up" and receive the 3-dose HPV vaccine until the age of 26; and males until the age of 21.
The cost of the 3-dose HPV vaccine is covered by most insurance plans and is part of Medicaid vaccines for children coverage - a small price to protect all children from preventable cancers.

RESOURCES

Videos & links to information & resources about HPV.

Dr. Oz on Alarming Rise in HPV-Related Cancers Among Men

Dr. Mehmet Oz joins TODAY to discuss a new study that reveals a surprising rise among men of HPV-related cancers, which are commonly associated with women’s health. Dr. Oz offers guidance on how men can protect themselves and what you need to know.

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Blood Test for HPV May Help Predict Risk in Cancer Patients

A blood test for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, may help researchers forecast whether patients with throat cancer linked to the sexually transmitted virus will respond to treatment, according to preliminary findings from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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AMIGAS promotes cervical cancer screening

AMIGAS stands for “Ayudando a Las Mujeres con Información, Guía y Amor para su Salud.” In English, this means “Helping Women with Information, Guidance, and Love for Their Health.” AMIGAS is a proven health education model.

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HPV Vaccination Linked to Decreased Oral HPV Infections

New study results suggest that vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) may sharply reduce oral HPV infections that are a major risk factor for oropharyngeal cancer, a type of head and neck cancer.

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HPV vaccine: Why aren't children getting it?

Cancer is a subject of enormous complexity. And imagine this: a vaccine that can actually prevent cancer … if only people would take it. Here’s Dr. Tara Narula:

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CDC report: Nearly half of US adults infected with genital HPV

Health officials say nearly half of U.S. adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. More concerning, about 25% of men and 20% of women had certain strains that carry a higher risk of cancer.

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CCFSC Member Spotlight: Joan Brady

Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina recognizes Joan Brady for her inspiring work with cervical cancer prevention and advocacy.

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Screenings, vaccinations can make SC cervical cancer-free

“I see a future when no woman in South Carolina suffers or dies because of cervical cancer. That future is a real possibility, thanks to the remarkable prevention and screening tools we already possess.”

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USC Researchers Discover New Subtype of Cervical Cancer

Researchers from the University of South Carolina say they have found a new subtype of cervical cancer that may not respond to conventional treatment.

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SC Witness Project

#PreTeenVaxScene Webinar #1 - UPDATE

Healthcare Triage: "The HPV Vaccine, and Why Your Kids Should Get It"

Exchange Club Yellow Umbrella is one of nearly 100 nationally accredited child abuse prevention (CAP) centers.

YellowUmbrella.org
National HPV Vaccination Roundtable

Check out the pdf here.

National HPV Vaccination Roundtable – American Cancer Society.
An Open Letter to The Capital Gazette and Josh Mazer about HPV Vaccination Article

“Dear Editor of the Capital Gazette and Mr. Mazer, I am referencing your recent article titled “Guest column: HPV vaccine shouldn’t be required” It’s absolutely essential to get accurate information before publishing articles about important public health matters.”

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Cervical Cancer is Preventable

More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable.

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Parents Can Help Reduce Pain And Anxiety From Vaccinations

If you’re worried, they’re worried. Staying calm is one of many techniques parents can use to reduce pain and anxiety about shots.

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American Cancer Society Updates HPV Vaccine Recommendations to Include Males

The American Cancer Society has updated its guideline for human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination to include males.

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HPEB’s Heather Brandt leads efforts to increase HPV vaccination, reduce cancer in S.C.

Heather Brandt wears many hats. She was recently named the first Associate Dean for Professional Development by The Graduate School.

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Why Aren’t More Parents Vaccinating Their Kids Against Cancer?

The human papillomavirus vaccine is most effective when administered to pre-teens. So why do so many parents delay vaccinating their kids?

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SC scores at bottom of cancer prevention ranking

South Carolina got low scores on an American Cancer Society ranking of states for its cancer prevention programs. The report looks at 10 policy indicators.

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New Approach to Promoting HPV Vaccinations

Pediatricians talk about cancer risk, not sex, in an effort to get more boys and girls vaccinated against HPV

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Merck Statement on FDA Approval

Merck Statement on FDA Approval of 2-Dose Regimen of GARDASIL® 9 for Girls and Boys 9 through 14 Years of Age

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