Published on December 17, 2021
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MONDAY, December 13, 2021 (The New York Times) Vaccine hesitancy is hardly limited to shots against Covid-19. Even the HPV vaccine, which can prevent as many as 90 percent of six potentially lethal cancers, is meeting with rising resistance from parents who must give their approval before their adolescent children can receive it.
The Food and Drug Administration licensed this lifesaving vaccine in 2006 to protect against sexually transmitted infection by HPV, the human papillomavirus. Most of us will get infected with HPV during our lifetimes, certain strains of which can lead to cancers of the cervix, vagina and vulva in women; cancers of the anus and back-of-the-throat in both women and men; and penile cancer in men. HPV can also cause genital warts.
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The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program® last week celebrated its 30th anniversary with a reception at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., featuring a toast from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to honor this unique initiative.
The event drew a bipartisan, bicameral audience of members of Congress and their spouses, as well as leaders in the cancer prevention community, to recognize the decades of bipartisan work to educate the public about early detection and cancer prevention. The Program was founded in 1991 as a partnership between the Congressional Club, led by then-congressional spouse, now Representative Doris Matsui, and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.