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.
Ending anal cancer and other HPV-related cancers is not something we can do alone. We need your help spreading the word that HPV is a real, but entirely preventable, threat. Please tweet, share, post, blog, distribute educational materials, invite us to share information in your communities and anything else you can possibly do to spread awareness and help put an end to HPV!
The HPV and 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: 30,700 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 7,000 people will be diagnosed. 79 million people in the US and one in three people in the UK currently have HPV, which can develop into at least six different cancers. Uptake of the HPV-vaccine is dangerously low for boys and girls in the US and only available to girls in the UK.
By raising awareness about these preventable cancers, we can help ensure that people are diagnosed early, and eventually, that there are no longer HPV-related cancers at all. See our HPV and Anal Cancer Facts and Figures pages for more statistics to help raise awareness. Our downloadable Fact Sheets may also be helpful.
Educate your Community
Organizing an educational event, with or without us, is a great way to inform people about HPV and the cancers it causes.
Facilitate your own event or reach out to the HPV and 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 to HPV basics to the anal cancer experience, and we would be honored to share with you our own story and experiences with anal cancer.
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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) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the U.S. President’s Cancer Panel and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 HPV vaccine today! http://www.analcancerfoundation.org/learn/hpv/ #analcancer #HPVvaccine
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
Get educated about HPV and put a stop to the shaming of the thousands of men and women who get an HPV-associated cancer every year. Almost all sexually active people will get HPV in their lives but through #prevention, #testing and #awareness we can lower the incidence of #cancer. Together we can end 5% of cancers!
Check out this article by @WomensHealthMag on the efficacy of the #HPVvaccine and the good it’s doing in #Australia http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/hpv-vaccine-genital-warts … #EndHPV
We can end HPV and related cancers (which incl. anal, penile, cervical, vaginal, head&neck)! Vaccinate all your children at age 11-12 #EndHPV #HPVvaccine
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