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Back to school– spreading the word about HPV and cervical cancer in Kentucky

Posted by Erica Childs Warner, Director, Evaluation and Outreach on August 6th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Many students will return to schools across the country this month. In two Appalachian counties in South Central Kentucky, nearly 2,000 students will be targeted for HPV awareness and vaccination. The Prevent Cancer Foundation gave the Lake Cumberland District Health Department a 2013 Community Grant for their “Spread the Word" HPV/cervical cancer prevention project. This project aims to increase the HPV vaccination initiation and completion rates among middle and high school students in Kentucky, where ...

HPV vaccine proving effective

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 28th, 2013 | No Comments »
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The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has decreased the incidence of the cancer-causing virus among teenage girls by 56 percent since the vaccine was approved in 2006. Despite these striking results, vaccination rates are still low in the U.S. Only one-third of teenage girls have received the full three-dose series of the HPV vaccine. Doctors aren't sure why the decline in HPV infections is so great, but believe it could be the result of herd immunity, in ...

HPV may trigger lung cancer: New study

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on May 21st, 2013 | No Comments »
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Human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus known to cause cervical and head and neck cancers, may also trigger some cases of lung cancer, according to new preliminary research presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center. When examining tumor tissue samples from lung cancer patients who have never smoked, researchers found six percent of the samples showed signs of HPV infection. Researchers say further study is needed to understand the role HPV plays in some cases of ...

Dramatic increase in anal cancer cases and deaths

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on April 4th, 2013 | No Comments »
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A new study shows the number of people in the U.S. with anal cancer has tripled since the 1970s. Researchers reviewed a collection of data on the most common type of anal cancer cases in the U.S. from 1973 to 2009, and were surprised by the dramatic increase in cases. Although both sexes saw an increase in anal cancer, the rate for men jumped most dramatically - from one in every 100,000 men to three ...