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HPV Facts an Prevention ~ All Star Pediatrics
Cancer – a devastating disease that has affected all of us – maybe a friend, a family member, a work colleague, a neighbor, or even ourselves.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a virus that causes cervical cancer in women and oropharyngeal cancers in both men and women.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States and throughout the world. Half of infected people are ages 15-24. Six million young people or adults become newly infected each year. Yes, even your child or young adult has a 75% chance of acquiring HPV by the time he or she is 25!

A recent study published in 2017 by the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology, tested 1,868 men between the ages of 18 to 59 in 2013-2014 as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. This study found that 45.2% of men had genital HPV, and of those men, 25.1% had at least one subtype of HPV known to cause cancer.

About 39,000 HPV associated cancers occur each year:
  • 23,000 cases affect women

  • 16,000 cases affect males

The most common types of cancer caused by HPV infections are cervical cancer and head and neck cancers.
  • 12,000 cases of cervical cancer and 4,000 deaths occur each year

  • 12,600 males and 3,100 females are diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck each year

HPV is spread through sexual contact including hand to genital and oral genital contact. Often times HPV infection goes undetected for years, and the vast majority of cases occur without experiencing any symptoms. Some young people will develop genital warts; others are at increased risk of developing cancer.


All Star Pediatrics offers the HPV vaccine (GARDASIL) at the 11 year visit. For patients under the age of 15, they will receive one dose at age 11 and the booster 6 months later. For patients older than 15, they will receive the traditional 3 dose series: one at initial visit, one 2 months, and the booster, six months from the first vaccination.

Fact: The younger the patient, the better the person’s response to the HPV vaccine – All Star recommends starting the vaccine at age 11.

Fact: Any vaccine can cause short term side effects (pain, local swelling, nausea), but the HPV vaccine, like other vaccines, is safe and effective.

Fact: The HPV vaccine will reduce the risk of cancer for your child and young adult – that is why the physicians and nurse practitioners at All Star Pediatrics, without question, have given the vaccine to their own sons and daughters.

Cancer Prevention starts with you – vaccinate your child with the HPV vaccine today – please call our office to schedule the HPV vaccine or for any additional questions regarding the vaccine.
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