HPV vaccination rates lag for vulnerable population of childhood cancer survivors

Medical Xpress| Thu Aug 24 14:05:43 EDT 2017
Despite being at an increased risk for cancers associated with the human papillomavirus, the first comprehensive national survey found that HPV vaccination rates for childhood cancer survivors lag well behind the national average and that health care providers often fail to recommend the vaccine. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the University of Alabama at Birmingham led the study, which appears today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. "The HPV vaccine is an important tool to help us keep our kids safe because it significantly lowers the risk of HPV-associated cancers in the future," said first author James Klosky, Ph.D., an associate member of the St. Jude Department of Psycholo..

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