A new study finds HPV related cancers are on the rise. Researchers say that's discouraging since there are two vaccines on the market that protect against the sexually transmitted infection.
A new annual report out today from the American Cancer Society says cervical cancer is on the rise. That's triggered by HPV, which is a sexually transmitted virus. However, only a third of girls aged 13 to 17 have received all three doses it of the HPV vaccine to protect against it.
Dr. Anne Powell said, "Women in this country are so fortunate to have pap smears readily available to us to aid in the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer. Hopefully as our medical community moves forward we'll look towards applying these types of screening techniques for other cancers related to HPV."
Researchers say more efforts are needed to increase the number of girls vaccinated by age 11 or 12 in order to reverse the increase in cervical cancer.
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