In the United States, 79 million men and women — approximately one in four — are currently infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). From 2008 to 2012, nearly 40,000 HPV-related cancers occurred annually in the United States. Today, highly effective HPV vaccines could easily reduce these numbers, but only 42 percent of girls and 28 percent of boys aged 13 to 17 have received the vaccine — far below the 80 percent of American adolescents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aim to reach. At this event, leaders from the CDC, Texas state government, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the media will discuss HPV, HPV-associated cancers, life-saving cancer prevention opportunities through HPV vaccination, barriers to HPV vaccination programs and a proposed plan to promote HPV vaccination in Texas.
This panel discussion is the eighth event in the Medicine, Research and Society Policy Issues Series, a joint project of the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Join the conversation online with #BakerHPV.
7:30 am — Breakfast
8:00 am — Panel discussion