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“Nothing short of miraculous!”

You can still prevent cancer with the HPV vaccination – even up to 26 years old.

If you could grow old without cancer, would you? You now have the power to prevent many different cancers, says Daniel Saman, DrPH, MPH, FACE, senior advisor of health outcomes at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. According to Dr. Saman, “the HPV vaccine is nothing short of miraculous – and everyone should know about it!” He’s dedicated his career to improving people’s health through research and patient advocacy, and he’d like to share everything you need to know about the HPV vaccine.

HPV – A Dangerous Virus

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a group of more than 200 viruses that can easily spread from person to person, and can cause cancer and genital warts in both men and women. In the U.S., 14 million people are infected every year with HPV – in fact, most sexually active people have been infected with the virus at some point in their lives. Though most HPVs are relatively harmless, there are some types of HPV that do cause cancer. Every year in the U.S., about 36,000 men and women are diagnosed with cancers caused by HPV, including cancers of the cervix, mouth/throat, vulva, vagina, penis and anus.

The Good News

Miraculously, there’s a vaccine that prevents HPV infections and the cancers they cause. Here’s what you need to know:

Take action today.

If you’re 26 or younger and haven’t already received your HPV vaccine, please talk to your doctor and consider getting it today. Vaccination could prevent many types of cancer and even save your life.

For information on coverage and costs (if applicable) for the HPV vaccine, please see your health plan documents or call the number on the back of your health plan ID card. We’re always glad to answer any questions you may have.