New Vaccine Study Shows 9 Strains of HPV Can be Prevented

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WESLACO – A newly released study shows Texas ranks 47th in the nation in administering the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to a local doctor who said that vaccination is more important than many people realize.

Dr. David Saucea says the HPV vaccine can now protect people from nine different strains of the disease.

He said the vaccine is given in a two-part series. He recommends that children receive the vaccine as young as nine.

He says the vaccine may keep teens from later developing certain types of cancers.

“It’s promoted for cervical cancer but it is intended to decrease incidents of genital warts, which are caused by HPV and this new surge of oral pharyngeal cancers being caused by HPV as well,” explained Dr. Saucea.

He also says contracting HPV can lead to cancers in men and women.

He mentioned that there is roughly 27,000 new case of HPV every year.

The vaccine can be taken until the age of 26.

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