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What CDC is Doing

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) led an effort to produce a journal supplement entitled "Assessing the Burden of HPV-Associated Cancers in the United States (ABHACUS)." This supplement uses cancer registry data to estimate how many HPV-associated cancers occurred in the United States before the release of the HPV vaccine, and to examine current patterns in the distribution of these cancers.

Six articles in the supplement focus on cancer sites known to be associated with HPV, including the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and some sites in the head and neck (oral cavity and oropharynx).

Other articles focus on related topics such as disparities in these types of cancers, how CDC programs address such disparities, behavioral risk factors related to these cancers, and background of the HPV vaccine.

Contributors include partners from other CDC centers and divisions, including the Division of STD Prevention and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, state cancer registries, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and academia.

The articles were published in the November 15, 2008 supplement edition of the journal Cancer, produced by the American Cancer Society. If you have questions about the study, please visit Questions and Answers. For a list of citations, visit Publications.

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National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Campaign

CDC developed the national gynecologic cancer awareness campaign, Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer, to raise awareness of gynecologic cancers, including cervical cancer.

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides access to critical breast and cervical cancer screening services for underserved women in the United States. To find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost Pap test, call your local program.

National Program of Cancer Registries

Established in 1994, CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) supports and promotes the collection and use of registry data in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Palau, and the Virgin Islands. The NPCR collects surveillance data for all cancers and publishes them yearly in the United States Cancer Statistics: Incidence and Mortality report. Data collected often are used by states to create burden assessments that guide program planning, outreach, and education efforts.

Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children Program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no purchase cost to eligible children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The HPV vaccine is offered under this program to eligible females 9–18 years of age.

HPV Education Campaign

CDC developed an HPV awareness campaign, HPV: Common Infection, Common Reality, with brochures for the general public, physicians, and women diagnosed with HPV.

Pre-teen Vaccine Campaign

CDC's Preteen Vaccine campaign informs parents, caregivers, family physicians, and pediatricians about CDC′s vaccination recommendations for 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls, including the HPV vaccine.

Page last reviewed: November 4, 2008
Page last updated: November 4, 2008
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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