UNC Lineberger among national leaders endorsing goal of eliminating HPV-related cancers

IMAGE: UNC Lineberger’s Noel Brewer, Ph.D., professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is investigating and developing strategies to improve HPV vaccination rates. view more 

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Calling human papillomavirus-related cancers a significant public health problem, the directors of the 70 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers, including UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, have issued a joint statement endorsing gender-neutral HPV vaccination and evidence-based cancer screening.

“The scientific data are quite clear that vaccinating against HPV is a highly effective approach to preventing a number of cancers, yet the HPV vaccination rate in the United States remains woefully low,” said Shelton Earp, MD, director of UNC Lineberger. “We must address this shortfall in our children’s care because it works, and because preventing cancer is always preferable to treating it.”

Earp added, “I am grateful for the important work taking place at UNC Lineberger, including by Noel Brewer, Melissa Gilkey, Jennifer Smith and others, to abolish HPV-associated disease and death.”

Nearly 80 million, or one out of every four people, in the United States are infected with HPV. It is estimated that another 14 million will become infected with HPV in the


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