To anyone reading this, I encourage you to help spread the word that a vaccine can prevent this type of cancer and others caused by HPV.
The Anal Cancer Foundation is able to support thrivers and researchers alike thanks to people sharing news about their experiences and the importance of HPV-related cancer prevention, screening, and research. Lack of awareness is one of the greatest obstacles to eradicating HPV and finding a cure for anal cancer. Help us spread the word about HPV and anal cancer by using the tools below.
Here are a few facts to get you started:
- 42,700 cases of HPV-related cancers will be diagnosed, inclusive of head and neck, penile vaginal, anal vulvar cancer, in the US this year alone. In the UK, roughly 15,000 people will be diagnosed.
- Approximately 8,300 people will be diagnosed with anal cancer in the US in 2015 and about 1,500 in the UK.
- It is estimated that over 91% of anal cancer cases are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
- Uptake of the HPV-vaccine is dangerously low for boys and girls in the US and only available to girls in the UK (from September 2019 boys in the UK will begin receiving the vaccine).
Educate your Community
Organizing an educational event, with or without us, is a great way to inform people about anal cancer and how to prevent it.
Facilitate your own event or reach out to the Anal Cancer Foundation to speak at your school or event! We are available and excited to speak on a wide variety of topics, from vaccine advocacy the anal cancer experience, and we would be honored to share with you our own story and experiences with anal cancer.
We have an ongoing effort to reach out to every clinician who treats, meets and works with anal cancer thrivers. We are always looking for representatives in each state to work as volunteers to help with this initiative. We even have a volunteer packet to help our volunteers with their outreach! Once a clinician has been contacted, we send a kit with the Fact Sheets, Peer to Peer Support Program postcards, awareness ribbons, and 'kick cancer's ass!' bracelets to hand out to thrivers they interact with.
Social Media Action
Posting regularly on Facebook and Twitter is a great way to get the word out to your network. Follow us or post on your own. We have some sample posts below.
Sample Facebook Posts
Human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes 91% of #analcancer is the most common sexually transmitted infection. 79 million people in the US are infected with HPV at this time, and about 14 million people become newly infected each year. Talk to your doctor about the #HPVvaccine today!
These young men from England showed their support for a gender-neutral HPV vaccine and its role in eradicating HPV in a unique way – by rowing across the shark-infested waters of the Pacific! Check out their training video here http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2014-03-24/taking-to-the-waves-for-rowing-challenge/ #HPVvaccine #NOMAN
Approximately 8,300 people are diagnosed with anal cancer in the US in and about 1,500 in the UK annually. Learn more about prevention and screening at analcancerfoundation.org! #analcancer #endHPV
#analcancer is nothing to be ashamed about, but it CAN be prevented: about 91% of cases are caused by #HPV (which we have a high effective #vaccine for). Learn more from the @analcancerfoundation and help spread the word!
@NOMANCampaign is raising awareness about the a gender-neutral #HPVvaccine and its role in eradicating #analcancer and other associated malignancies through extreme endurance events! Check out their advocacy at nomancampaign.org/
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