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International HPV Awareness Day

  • 1.  International HPV Awareness Day

    Posted 03-04-2019 11:10
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    March 4 is International HPV Awareness Day, which aims to promote education about HPV, raise awareness about prevention methods, and encourage governments and individuals to take advantage of the HPV vaccine and screening for cancer. ASCO is again a supporter of the important initiative.

    ASCO also recognizes that the varying levels of vaccine uptake around the world need to be raised so that all women are receiving preventative services. To this end, in March 2017, ASCO issued an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the use of the HPV vaccine for preventing cervical cancer aimed at physicians in various resource settings around the world. To reduce the incidence of cervical cancer globally, the guideline recommends:

    • Two doses of HPV vaccine for girls ages 9 to 14 years, with an interval of at least 6 months and up to 12 to 15 months between doses
    • Three doses of HPV vaccine for girls who have tested positive for HIV
    • Vaccinating boys if there is at least a 50% coverage in priority female target population, sufficient resources, and such vaccination is cost effective.

    The recommendations were then broken down for settings with limited, basic, maximal, and enhanced resources.

    Watch a video about ASCO's recommendations for reducing the global burden of cervical cancer.

    Related resources from Cancer.Net, ASCO's patient information website:

    Sarah Bachmann
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
    Alexandria, VA