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By tjohnson | Published December 11, 2012
As parents, you do everything you can to protect your children’s health for now and for the future. Today, there is a strong weapon to prevent several types of cancer in our kids: the HPV vaccine.
HPV is short for Human Papillomavirus, a common virus. In the United States each year, there are about 15,000 women and 7,000 men affected by HPV-related cancers. These cancers could be prevented with vaccination. In both women and men, HPV can cause anal cancer and mouth/throat (oropharyngeal) cancer. It can also cause cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina in women; and cancer of the penis in men. HPV is a virus passed from one person to another during skin-to-skin sexual contact, including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. HPV is most common in people in their late teens and early 20s.
HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years. [ ... ]